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AFR Statement: Secretary Devos Once Again Puts Servicers Before Students
March 9, 2018 – 12:49 pm

The ability for states to enact laws governing how servicers may interact with borrowers, and the ability of state Attorneys General to file lawsuits against servicers for consumer abuses, are crucial accountability mechanisms that must continue. That the Department would attempt in any way to prevent these state level efforts to defend borrowers simply shows that under Betsy DeVos, it is servicers before students.

Letter to Congress: Reject H.R. 4508, a bill that favors corporations that abuse federal aid over students
December 11, 2017 – 3:55 pm

The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act should be a real opportunity to help students; instead, the PROSPER Act makes their lives worse in nearly every aspect. It raises repayment costs for struggling borrowers, lets institutions that scam students off the hook, and narrows relief for defrauded students.

AFR in the news: House bill turns its back on students to favor corporations that abuse the federal financial aid system (NBC THINK)
December 11, 2017 – 3:17 pm

“Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-Va., the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, introduced a bill last week that sells out students to corporate interests ready to get rich off taxpayer-backed education dollars. A bill reauthorizing the Higher Education Act should be a real opportunity to help students; this one just makes their lives worse by raising repayment costs for struggling borrowers, letting institutions that scam students off the hook, and narrowing relief for defrauded students.”

AFR, 29 Orgs Raise Concerns Over New Ownership of Predatory Colleges
May 4, 2017 – 10:03 am

AFR joined 29 other individuals and organizations representing students, consumers, veterans, servicemembers, and civil rights to send a letter to Education Secretary DeVos raising concerns around the questionable sale of EDMC to the Dream Center Foundation.

Joint Letter to Congress: 50+ Organizations Urge Congress to Keep Rules That Protect Students and Taxpayers from Waste and Fraud in Higher Education
March 22, 2017 – 2:11 pm

“We believe protections for student and taxpayers should be strengthened, not scaled back. …Veterans, low-income students and students of color have been disproportionately harmed by predatory colleges. Last month, 16 organizations representing millions of military servicemembers, veterans, survivors, and military families voiced their strong support for these protections and urged Congress to fully uphold them.”

AFR’s Senior Policy Analyst, Alexis Goldstein, Delivers Remarks at “Too Big to Fail Education” Event
June 29, 2016 – 1:30 pm
AFR’s Senior Policy Analyst, Alexis Goldstein, Delivers Remarks at “Too Big to Fail Education” Event

AFR’s Alexis Goldstein gave opening remarks at the launch of the AFT Report “Regulating Too-Big-to-Fail Education.” In her remarks, Goldstein outlined the parallels between the for-profit college crisis and the subprime mortgage crisis.

Letter to Congress: AFR, 51 organizations Oppose Riders to Weaken Student Protections
June 21, 2016 – 12:27 pm

“AFR joined 51 other organizations to oppose any appropriations provision that would delay or block implementation of the Education Department’s gainful employment regulation or otherwise weaken or stall student protections from unscrupulous actors in the 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill”