For Immediate Release - June 14, 2017

AG Healey Statement on Intent to Sue U.S. Department of Education for Abandoning Critical Student Protections

BOSTON – In response to a confirmation today from the U.S. Department of Education that it would be abandoning federal regulations that protect students victimized by for-profit schools, Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following statement:

“Moments ago, in violation of federal law, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she is abandoning vital protections for vulnerable students set to go into effect on July 1. Once again, President Trump’s Department of Education has sided with for-profit school executives and lobbyists who have defrauded taxpayers of billions of dollars in federal loans. This is a betrayal of students and families across the country who are drowning in unaffordable debt. I will be suing Secretary DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education to defend these critical regulations and the rights of our students and taxpayers.”

Earlier today, AG Healey announced that her office led a coalition of attorneys general in filing a motion to intervene in a separate case to defend students and taxpayers from a challenge to the U.S. Department of Education’s Borrower Defense Regulations. The case – California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) v. Betsy DeVos – was cited by the Department of Education in the Federal Register as an excuse to dismantle the finalized Obama-era regulations that provide critical protections for federal student loan borrowers against misconduct by abusive schools and colleges, including for-profit companies.

AG Healey’s Office had an active role on the Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking committee that helped develop the Borrower Defense Regulations. Under these regulations, a successful enforcement action against a school by a state attorney general entitles borrowers to obtain loan forgiveness, and enables the Department of Education to seek repayment of any amounts forgiven from the school.