Washington, D.C.— Today, attorneys general from California, Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts, sued the Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos for inaction in processing debt relief claims submitted by defrauded students from the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. There are more than 50,000 claims that have been submitted to the Department that have been ignored since Betsy DeVos was sworn in as Secretary. Before the Secretary took over the Department, 28,000 people with similar cases than the ones being ignored now were granted relief from the loans accrued from their time as students in the predatory Corinthians Colleges.

These defrauded students were promised an expedited discharge of their student loans. They deserve a Department of Education that is looking out for their best interests, and not the interests of predatory or for-profit colleges. Maggie Thompson, Executive Director of Generation Progress, issued the following statement:

“Ignoring the claims from borrowers cheated by Corinthian Colleges—and any other program determined by the federal government to have misled students—is a cruel attack on borrowers who are struggling to make ends meet and pay loans they should not owe. Secretary DeVos and her Department of Education can move swiftly to lessen the economic burden of those living every day with thousands of dollars in debt from a predatory institution. Instead of helping borrowers that were defrauded put food on the table and move on with their lives, Betsy DeVos lets their interest and fees stack up while ignoring their lawful right to discharge their loans. The Secretary and the Department have a legal obligation to move swiftly to provide full relief for all borrowers determined to be eligible for a refund by the Department of Education.”

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Giovanni Rocco at grocco@americanprogress.org or 202-478-6438.

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