We fight for defrauded veterans to get their student loans forgiven by the Education Department and their Pell Grants restored. Our Research Director Walter Ochinko was an official negotiator representing veteran and military students on the 2018 negotiated rulemaking panel on Borrower Defense, just as he was in 2016.

Capitol Hill Press Conference

We joined Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Durbin (D-IL) in calling on the Department of Education to enact common sense borrower defense rules that protect disabled student veterans’ rights.

Urging President Trump to Protect Defrauded Student Veterans

More than 30 of the nation’s leading military and veteran service organizations are urging President Trump to sign the bipartisan House Joint Resolution 76 which would protect veterans and military-connected students defrauded out of their GIBill and tricked into signing student loans.

LATEST NEWS ON BORROWER DEFENSE

Here is the latest news and info – including our work – on students’ right to loan relief if they were defrauded by a school.

Lima Veteran Goes to Washington

A terrific news story about a brave veteran, Tasha Berkhalter, whom we brought to Washington to tell Congress what they need to do to help veterans with student debt caused by college fraud. Lima Veteran [...]

CAPPS v. DeVos & Bauer v. DeVos | DOCUMENTS

This brief is submitted by the National Consumer Law Center (“NCLC”) and by 17 legal aid and other non-profit organizations that work on behalf of students and student loan borrowers, consumers, low-income individuals, teachers, college [...]

Education Department Hearing: Video of Melissa Bryant, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

On​ ​behalf​ ​of​ ​Iraq​ ​and​ ​Afghanistan​ ​Veterans​ ​of​ ​America​ ​(IAVA)​ ​and​ ​our​ ​over​ ​400,000 members,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​for​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​today​ ​at​ ​this​ ​hearing​ ​on educational​ ​regulatory​ ​reform.​ ​My​ [...]

Education Department Hearing: Testimony of Melissa Bryant, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

On​ ​behalf​ ​of​ ​Iraq​ ​and​ ​Afghanistan​ ​Veterans​ ​of​ ​America​ ​(IAVA)​ ​and​ ​our​ ​over​ ​400,000 members,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​for​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​today​ ​at​ ​this​ ​hearing​ ​on educational​ ​regulatory​ ​reform.​ ​My​ [...]

We also mobilized veterans and military service organizations to speak out at several US Education Department public hearings:

October 2017

September 2017

July 2017