The Wall Street Journal reported today that the current administration intends to roll back some of the protections put into place by the Obama administration such as the gainful employment rule. This will enable hundreds of for-profit schools to remain open that were at risk of closing. Not sure if that is such a good thing. If the employment rate is so low following graduation from some of these schools, perhaps these schools should be put down – rather than allowing their marketing machines to pull in more vulnerable students to waste years of their lives obtaining a worthless degree. But I digress.
The important thing is Ms. DeVos indicated that the Department of Education fully intends on discharging applications pursuant to the Borrower Defense to Repayment under the rules established by former President Obama. The Obama administration used the borrower defense regulation to cancel the debt burdens of former students at schools found to have committed fraud. In early 2017, the DOE had approved claims from thousands of borrowers to erase $655 million owed by former ITT and Corinthian students.
It is unknown whether Mrs. DeVos will set too high a threshold for students to prove they were defrauded and get reimbursed. However, it is good news that the current rule will be followed rather than dismantled. “Promises made to students under the current rule will be promises kept,” Mrs. DeVos.