Students’ Rights to Loan Relief if They Were Defrauded by a SchoolCarrie Wofford2022-01-26T20:41:49+00:00
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. (We also pursue defrauded veterans’ legal rights here.)
We are proud of our Law Fellow Jennifer Esparza, who spoke forcefully to the Department of Education about her experience working on the front lines of serving defrauded student veterans who have been cheated out of their GI Bill.
Capitol Hill Press Conference
We joined Senators on Capitol Hill in urging common sense borrower defense rules that protect defrauded student veterans, and in criticizing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ unfair rules that penalized defrauded veterans.
Our TV Ad
More than 30 of the nation’s leading military and veteran service organizations put up a TV Ad on Fox News urging President Trump to stand with veterans who were defrauded out of their GI Bill and tricked into signing student loans.
According to Chistopher Madaio, vice president for legal affairs at Veterans Education Success, for-profit colleges often seek out veterans because of their GI money — federal dollars from the Post 9/11 GI Bill that funds [...]
Testimony of David Apperson U.S. Education Department’s Negotiated Regulatory Rulemaking Panel December 2021 Good afternoon. My name is David Apperson, and I’m a former firefighter, law enforcement officer, and U.S. Army veteran from Lindale, Texas. [...]
Testimony of Veteran Dylan Contrino U.S. Education Department’s Negotiated Regulatory Rulemaking Panel December 2021 My name is Dylan Contrino and I’m here to tell you about my experience at Lincoln Technical as a student veteran. [...]
Testimony of Veteran Dru Macasieb U.S. Education Department’s Negotiated Regulatory Rulemaking Panel December 2021 Good afternoon. My name is Dru Macasieb and I’m a veteran from San Diego, CA. I’m here to tell you about [...]
“I spent one entire year in Afghanistan,” student and Army veteran Dru Macasieb told ABC 10News. Macasieb added, “I don't like how veterans are being treated or the stigma of this is 'free money,' because [...]
Carolyn Hix, Military Spouse Testimony U.S. Education Department December 7, 2021 Good afternoon, my name is Carolyn Hix. I am a spouse to an army veteran and a mother of four. I wanted to provide [...]
Testimony of Veteran Jodie Parks U.S. Education Department’s Negotiated Regulatory Rulemaking Panel December 2021 Good afternoon, my name is Jodie Parks and I’m a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. I’m here today to respectfully [...]
Mikeal Swenson, Army Veteran Testimony U.S. Education Department December 6, 2021 Good afternoon. My name is Mikeal Swenson. I served in the U.S. Army for 6 and a half years, and I was deployed twice [...]
We encouraged veterans to share their experiences with fraudulent colleges at the Education Department’s public testimony sessions in October, November, and December for its negotiated rulemaking sessions.
We encouraged individual veterans as well as veterans leaders to testify at the Education Department’s public hearings in 2021 about borrower defense and other key accountability and quality issues in higher education.
Collection of Statements to the Department of Education on Negotiated Rulemaking Public Hearings (written testimony here)
Today Jarrod Thoma met with staff of @SenBennetCO to talk about the fraudulent behavior he encountered at a for-profit college. 3 years ago Jarrod filed a Borrow Defense application to discharge nearly $50,000 in student loan debt, but @usedgov has yet to respond. pic.twitter.com/DPUz6Sd6yP
Testimony of Veteran Jesus Abarca U.S. Education Department’s Negotiated Regulatory Rulemaking Panel December 2021 Good afternoon. My name is Jesus Abarca and I’m here today to tell you about my experience at Lincoln Technical as [...]
“Every one of the issues on the table is critically important and quite consequential for specific segments of the borrower population,” said Barmak Nassirian, vice president for higher education policy at Veterans Education Success, a [...]
"Carrie Wofford, the president of Veterans Education Success -- an advocacy group that provided evidence to the department to aid in its decision -- applauded its decision in a release. “'So many veterans came to [...]
“The Education Department said that evidence, along with findings from advocacy group Veterans Education Success, serves as the basis for the approvals. "'So many veterans came to us about how ITT Tech cheated them,' said [...]
How to Stop Schools That Prey on Veterans Under Betsy DeVos, the Education Department sold out to predatory for-profit colleges. It’s welcome news that Washington is taking steps to protect students. By The Editorial Board [...]