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News Release: Frotman Resignation from CFPB Highlights Mulvaney Betrayal of Students
August 27, 2018 – 2:19 pm

With regard to student lending, just as in other areas, instead of holding harmful actors accountable, Mulvaney is suppressing exposure of wrongdoing, and undercutting enforcement of the law. AFR thanks Mr. Frotman, and his colleagues, for their good work, and deplores these changes.

AFR/CRL Poll: Bipartisan Majorities See $1.5 Trillion Student Debt Burden As Crisis
August 9, 2018 – 6:02 am

Majorities of American voters across parties believe that the student debt burden – now at $1.5 trillion – represents a crisis for the country, according to a new poll. The survey also found widespread concern with efforts by Mick Mulvaney, the Trump official installed at the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to gut the agency’s student lending office.

AFR Statement: AFR Criticizes Mulvaney Move to Manipulate Research, Curb Student Advocacy
May 9, 2018 – 1:04 pm

“What Mulvaney is really interested in is not serious research, but information that advances the interests of the Wall Street banks and predatory lenders he serves.”

AFR in the News: Ex-federal officials form group to combat rollback of consumer protections in higher ed (Washington Post)
September 22, 2017 – 8:14 am

“A cadre of attorneys and policy advisers from the Obama administration is teaming up to do what they say Education Secretary Betsy DeVos seems incapable of doing: protecting students. ‘Rather than collaborating to get more relief to students who’ve fallen prey to industry scams, and to prevent future abuses, DeVos has chosen to make oversight more difficult and accountability harder to come by,’ said Alexis Goldstein, senior policy analyst at the progressive Americans for Financial Reform.”

AFR in the News: Trump changes higher ed with rollback of consumer protections (Washington Post)
July 11, 2017 – 9:01 am

“The task force is co-chaired by Robert S. Eitel, a former attorney at for-profit college operator Bridgepoint Education, who is now senior counsel to DeVos… ‘At no point are they asking for the input of student loan borrowers or people enrolled in college,’ said Alexis Goldstein, senior policy analyst at the progressive Americans for Financial Reform. “The common theme here is enriching a certain number of private actors at the expense of protections for ­borrowers.”

AFR Statement: Budget Takes Aim at CFPB and Student Loan Holders
May 23, 2017 – 10:52 am

“Without exception, the proposals we’ve seen to de-fund or restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are about making it less effective at doing its job,” said Brian Marshall, policy counsel at AFR. “The agency has won relief worth $12 billion for 29 million Americans since it started work. All these proposed changes to the CFPB would do is make it easier for Wall Street and assorted predatory lenders to rip people off.”

AFR in the News: Trump to propose scrapping beleaguered student loan forgiveness program (MarketWatch)
May 18, 2017 – 2:10 pm

“Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform… described the idea of eliminating the program as ‘horrifying,’ noting that… borrowers are struggling to manage their student debt, pushing them to put off home-buying and other financial milestones. Eliminating a forgiveness program would only make that worse, she said. ‘It seems both ill-conceived from a policy perspective and just cruel.’”

AFR in the News: DeVos reverses Obama directives protecting student loan borrowers (Market Watch)
April 12, 2017 – 3:57 am

“’Undoing these memos is a very concerning indication of how much (Department of Education officials) value protecting borrowers versus how much they want to insulate servicers,’ said Alexis Goldstein [of] Americans for Financial Reform. ‘Is this meant to be a message that says we are less concerned with borrowers and more concerned with protecting servicers even if they made mistakes in the past?’”