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November 25, 2019 | Consumer Protection Agency is Failing Student Loan Borrowers, Lawsuit Says
A nonprofit student loan group is suing the nation’s most powerful consumer watchdog agency. The lawsuit, first obtained by NPR, alleges that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has abandoned its obligation to oversee companies that manage student loans, in particular a troubled loan forgiveness program.
“It’s time to quit the political games and allow law enforcement officials at the federal level and the state level to demand justice for student loan borrowers. And the Department of Education, which clearly has no desire to do so, should get out of the way.”
Now NPR has learned that the nation’s most powerful consumer watchdog, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, launched an effort to fix problems but the Trump administration blocked it from trying to help.
Democracy Forward, on behalf of Student Debt Crisis, sued the Trump administration for shirking their legal obligation to supervise large student loan servicers, specifically those servicing federal loans. The suit, filed against Trump-appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger and their respective agencies, cites efforts by both agencies to shield large student loan servicers from scrutiny.
November 6, 2019 | Student Borrower Protection Center Announces New Hires, Organization Growth
The Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) is announcing the addition of six new team members to support the organization’s work to end the student debt crisis. New staff include: Tamara Cesaretti as Counsel; Rebecca Maurer as Counsel and Program Manager for the Student Loan Law Initiative; Kat Welbeck as Counsel; Moira Vahey as Communications Director; Walter Suskind as Deputy Communications Director; and Ben Kaufman as Research and Policy Analyst.
Today, New York Attorney General Tish James sued student loan giant Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, also known as PHEAA or FedLoan Servicing, for cheating teachers, nurses and other public service workers out of their right to loan forgiveness. In the face of mounting lawsuits and growing evidence of widespread predatory practices across the student loan industry, the organizations co-sponsoring AB 376, the California Student Borrower Bill of Rights, have renewed their call to the legislature to pass this critical borrower protection legislation.
Testimony of Katherine Welbeck Before the California Assembly Select Committee on Student Debt: Student Debt Impacts on California Neighborhoods
Testimony of Seth Frotman at the House Financial Services Committee hearing: A $1.5 Trillion Crisis: Protecting Student Borrowers and Holding Student Loan Servicers Accountable
Keynote remarks of Seth Frotman in conjunction with the release of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank’s paper, At What Cost?: Student Loan Debt in the Bay Area.