February 21, 2019

Warren Joins Klobuchar and Senate Colleagues in Letter Pressing Department of Education to Address Backlog of Student Loan Forgiveness Requests

The Department continues to fight to collect on the loans of—and limit relief to—students who have been defrauded by predatory colleges

Text of Letter (PDF)

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in a letter pressing the Department of Education to immediately address the backlog of federal student loan forgiveness requests from borrowers impacted by predatory practices. Also joining in this effort are Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.),  Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY..), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

The “borrower defense” rule was issued in 1995 to help students entering into a financial agreement with an academic institution. It has since been updated to protect against predatory practices and includes safeguards to establish school accountability measures, prohibit forced arbitration agreements that limit students' legal rights, and strengthen the ability to file class action lawsuits. Under Secretary DeVos, the Department continues to seek to collect on the loans of students who have been defrauded and has offered limited relief to students who have submitted claims.

“Seeking an education is an opportunity for a better life, but instead of moving forward, many students cheated or defrauded by schools are left with massive debt and without the career options that they were promised,” the senators wrote. “Students should never have to worry about predatory practices from academic institutions as they look to improve their lives and career prospects through postsecondary education. We urge you to immediately communicate the status of implementing the borrower defense rule and providing relief to affected students.”

Since joining the Senate, Senator Warren has made strong oversight of the U.S. Education Department's student loan program a top priority. She has been a champion for students, fighting to create more opportunities for young people and protect America’s students from fraudulent for-profit colleges and predatory student loan companies. She: