After reviewing the existing types of federal student loans and forgiveness programs, we discuss the current political debate over forgiveness, including the Education Dept.’s upcoming analysis of the President’s forgiveness authority and other analyses of such authority, potential legal sources of such authority, and how courts might respond to challenges to any Presidential action to

The Department of Education has announced that it has selected former CFPB Director Richard Cordray as the Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid.  In addition to having served as CFPB Director, Mr. Cordray formerly served as Ohio Attorney General.

Rohit Chopra, President Biden’s nominee for CFPB Director, previously served as the CFPB’s Private Education

The Department of Education announced last week that it is changing how it determines relief for borrowers who assert “borrower defense claims.”  Such claims allege that the borrower was misled by his or her school or that the school engaged in other misconduct in violation of certain laws.  Borrower defense claims only apply to federal

In response to directions from the Biden Administration, the following actions have been taken:

Federal student loans.  The Acting Secretary of Education has extended the following relief on ED-held federal student loans until September 30, 2021:

  • Suspension of loan payments
  • Suspension of collection efforts
  • Setting of interest rate at 0%

Foreclosures and Evictions.  HUD

Without elaborating on its authority for doing so, the Department of Education recently announced the extension, through January 31, 2021, of certain pandemic-related benefits for federal student loan borrowers.

In particular, the administrative forbearance period, the 0% interest rate (pause in interest accrual), and the suspension of administrative wage garnishment and other collection activity will

On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed four executive orders that are designed to provide additional COVID-19 relief as talks on Capitol Hill collapsed on August 7 between White House negotiators and Democratic leaders over a fifth coronavirus stimulus package. One of those actions, which is directed to the Secretary of Education in the form

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the office of Federal Student Aid is executing on President Trump’s promise to provide student loan relief during the COVID-19 pandemic through several initiatives:

  • All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least

Last week, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) requesting information about how OCR “plans to address alarming racial disparities in our federal student loan system through vigorous enforcement of the nation’s civil rights laws.” Taking aim at for-profit colleges

My colleagues and I have the privilege of advising numerous clients on income share agreements (ISAs), including universities, service providers, and institutional investors. So we were excited by reports that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) plans to publish a Federal Register notice for an Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI) that would facilitate ISA programs at

Last week, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal took the lead in pursing two actions against the U.S. Department of Education related to the Department’s alleged refusals to cooperate with state investigations of student loan servicers and for-profit schools.

On September 16, 2019, New Jersey, along with 16 other attorneys general, including New York, Colorado,