As the Trump administration rolls back the greater regulatory scrutiny the for-profit college industry has faced during the last several years, it is private equity that stands to benefit the most, posing continuing dangers to students, taxpayers, and the integrity of the federal financial aid system.
Letter to Congress: Reject H.R. 4508, a bill that favors corporations that abuse federal aid over students
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)
“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 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.
Americans for Financial Reform applauds the Department of Education’s final decision to de-recognize a major accreditor of for-profit colleges, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The Department’s decision to no longer recognize ACICS is an important step toward ensuring that students and taxpayers do not bear the burden of illegal and fraudulent acts by for-profit colleges.
AFR Statement: Globe University, Minnesota School of Business Will No Longer Defraud Students through Federal Student Aid Dollars
Americans for Financial Reform welcomes the news that the Department of Education has taken steps to protect both students and taxpayers by cutting off federal student loan money to Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business (MSB) — two for-profit institutions where the Department found
AFR Statement: Education Department Must Immediately Cease Collections on Defrauded Corinthian Students, Cancel their Debts without Application
Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) is dismayed to learn that the Department of Education is still actively collecting on nearly 80,000 former Corinthian students. These actions run counter to the requests of AFR and a coalition of advocates led by the National Consumer Law Center
AFR calls on the Department of Education to inform all enrolled students and those who have recently withdrawn of their right to cancellation of their federal student loans, to vigorously investigate the past misconduct of ITT, and to release any findings publicly.
Over 10,000 members of Americans for Financial Reform signed a petition calling on the Department to provide full loan relief to defrauded students, provide automatic loan cancellation when there is sufficient evidence of a school’s wrongdoing, not impose time limits on relief for defrauded borrowers, and close gaping loopholes allowing unscrupulous schools to prevent injured students from having their day in court.
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.