Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Rep. Ellison Sends Second Letter To DeVos: Where is Debt Relief for Defrauded Minnesota Students?

Apr 11, 2018
Press Release

Last year, defrauded Minnesota students filed 1,044 unapproved borrower defense claims 

Secretary DeVos did not respond to initial inquiry sent in October 2017

WASHINGTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) today joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) along with Reps. Tim Walz (D-MN), Rick Nolan (D-MN), and Betty McCollum (D-MN) to send a follow-up letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos requesting data on the outstanding debt relief claims for Minnesota students who were enrolled in predatory for-profit colleges.

An earlier letter asking for the same data was sent October 24, 2017, but did not receive a response from the Department of Education. That letter noted “there were 1,044 total unapproved borrower defense claims” in Minnesota, mostly from students who were enrolled at shuttered for-profit colleges Corinthian Colleges, Inc. and ITT Education Services, Inc.

“We are very concerned about the Minnesota students who need relief from student debt they incurred as a result of the predatory behavior and low quality of the education at these for-profit schools,” the second letter reads. “In some of the worst cases, students were left homeless or in bankruptcy."

Rep. Ellison and his colleagues requested a response by April 24th to a series of questions, including, “What is the status of the 1,044 unapproved borrower defense claims from Minnesota,” and “Will any Minnesota students with pending borrower defense claims receive partial debt relief from the Department of Education?”

Read the full letter here [PDF]

Read the October 2017 letter [PDF]

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