The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation announced last week that it has entered into a consent order with Lambda, Inc., which does business as Lambda School, to settle the DFPI’s claims that a provision in Lambda’s student financing contracts was misleading.  The consent order also resolves the DFPI’s claim that Lambda’s marketing materials

Proposed legislation now working its way through the New Jersey Senate would eliminate the eligibility of postsecondary students and other individuals for State student assistance, training and employment services, including grants, scholarships and loans, if the school or training provider requires students to sign enrollment contracts that include “forced arbitration and other restrictive clauses, including

On October 4, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 1313, which prohibits postsecondary schools from withholding transcripts as a debt collection tool.  The law is effective January 1, 2020.

The bill adds new Title 1.6C.7, the “Educational Debt Collection Practices Act,” to Part 4 of Division 3 of the California Civil

The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on March 6, 2019 entitled “Protecting Student Borrowers: Loan Servicing Oversight.”

The witnesses for the hearing are:

  • Colleen Campbell, Director, Postsecondary Education, Center for American Progress
  • Preston Cooper, Research Analyst in

According to media reports, CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney has sent an email to Bureau staff indicating that he plans to fold the Office of Students and Young Consumers into the Office of Financial Education.  Both Offices are part of the Bureau’s Consumer Education and Engagement Division.  The Student Loan Ombudsman, a position created

The CFPB has announced a proposed settlement with Student Financial Aid Services, Inc. (SFAS) to resolve charges that the company engaged in unlawful sales and billing practices in connection with offering fee-based financial aid assistance and preparation services to consumers.  The proposed Stipulated Final Judgment and Order provides for a judgment to be entered against

As we reported last month, the Department of Education (DOE), with active CFPB participation, is currently engaged in a negotiated rulemaking process that is considering, among other things, revisions to the DOE’s Title IV’s cash management rules (34 CFR 668, Subpart K), including those relating to acceptable methods of disbursement of eligible Title IV funds

After hinting for months that it intends to use its enforcement powers to police lending in the higher education arena, the CFPB dropped the hammer on ITT Educational Services, filing suit against the for-profit college over alleged predatory lending practices.

On February 26, the CFPB filed a complaint against ITT in the Southern District of

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has joined the CFPB’s call for more transparency in the area of campus financial products.  Last week, the GAO issued a report on college debit cards in which the GAO recommended that Congress consider requiring financial institutions that provide debit and prepaid card services to colleges to publicly disclose

The CFPB wants financial institutions to post on their websites their marketing agreements with colleges and universities for financial products other than credit cards, such as deposit accounts, prepaid cards and financial aid disbursement accounts.  Pursuant to the CARD Act, card issuers must submit their campus credit card agreements annually to the CFPB together with