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California argues against federal government's dismantling of Borrower Defense Rule

By Marian Johns | Aug 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO — The state of California is arguing that the federal government's recent dismantling of the Borrower Defense Rule, designed to provide help for students defrauded by their school, is not in the best interest students. 

The California Attorney General's Office, which has often been in the forefront of fighting for new regulations and improving loan forgiveness for students who were defrauded,  is strongly opposing the Trump Administrations changes to the Obama administration's Borrower Defense Rule. 

“The Borrower Defense Rule is meant to protect students, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos now proposes a much weaker alternative that fails to support the interests of our sons and daughters,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “These students were cheated out of a quality education that they deserve. The California Department of Justice will vigorously oppose this new proposed rule.”

In 2017, Becerra joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general who filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education for delays in implementing the Borrower Defense Rule. His office also obtained a $1.1 billion judgment in 2016 against Corinthian Colleges for defrauding tens of thousands of students.


 

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