Category Archives: Student Loans

CA Appellate Court Upholds $21 Million Penalty Against For-Profit College

The California Attorney General brought claims against for-profit online college Ashford University and its parent company for violating the state’s unfair competition and false advertising laws by making false and misleading statements to prospective students. The trial court agreed with the AG, and imposed over $22 miillion in civil penalties. Yesterday, an intermediate appellate court […]

CFPB reports on borrowers’ experiences after resumption of student-loan payments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published a report on student-loan servicing practices since the resumption of federal student loan repayments in the fall, after a three-year payment pause in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFPB report finds that borrowers are “encountering long hold times when trying to reach their student loan servicer, experiencing […]

Court approves CFPB settlement re training provider’s abusive loan practices

In July, the CFPB and 11 states filed an adversary complaint in bankruptcy court against Prehired — a company that operated a private, for-profit vocational training program for software sales representatives. Promising entry-level wages of over $100,000, Prehired charged $30,000 for its program and encouraged students to enter into income share loans. The CFPB alleged […]

Tuition “Payment Plans” may not be as good as they seem, says CFPB

The CFPB today issued a report finding that “payment plans” offered by various postsecondary schools can carry risks to students, as they often include high fees, confusing and inconsistent disclosures, forced arbitration agreements, and snowballing interest. The Bureau also found that the third-party service providers schools partner with can engage in abusive debt collection practices. […]

FTC and DOJ send refunds to consumers who lost money to a student-loan debt-relief scheme

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are sending a total of more than $9 million in refunds to 22,562 consumers who lost money to Ameritech Financial, a student-loan debt-relief scheme operated by Brandon Frere, who was convicted of criminal charges in connection with the scheme. Details are here.

Several states and CFPB sue Prehired for illegal student lending practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau joined with 10 state attorneys general and a California regulator to take action against Prehired for deceptive marketing and debt collection practices. The CFPB explains: “Prehired operated a 12-week online training program claiming to prepare consumers for entry-level positions as software sales development representatives with “six-figure salaries” and a “job […]

Group tackles state of student loans for incarcerated borrowers

The Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) today sued the federal government and issued a report on the student loan experience for incarcerated borrowers. In its first lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education, SBPC is seeking to compel the production of documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The request concerns the federal government […]

FTC stops student-loan debt-relief schemes that bilked students out of $12 million

The Federal Trade Commission has stopped a pair of student loan debt relief schemes that it says bilked students out of approximately $12 million by using deceptive claims about repayment programs and loan forgiveness that did not exist. The agency also says the companies falsely claimed to be or be affiliated with the Department of […]