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USJudge unblocks Obama-era rule on student debt relief

21:30  16 october  2018
21:30  16 october  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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An Obama - era rule designed to help students cheated by for-profit colleges get relief on their education debt went into effect Tuesday after a federal judge denied a motion to block its implementation while litigation continues.

An Obama - era rule designed to help students cheated by for-profit colleges get relief on their education debt finally took effect Tuesday after efforts by the Trump administration to block it. A federal judge ordered immediate implementation of the rule , delayed last year by Education Secretary Betsy

Judge unblocks Obama-era rule on student debt relief© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 16 : Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens as President Donald J. Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

An Obama-era rule designed to help students cheated by for-profit colleges get relief on their education debt finally took effect Tuesday after efforts by the Trump administration to block it.

A federal judge ordered immediate implementation of the rule, delayed last year by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, while a challenge from the for-profit college industry proceeds.

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An Obama - era rule designed to help students cheated by for-profit colleges get relief on their education debt finally took effect Tuesday after efforts by the Trump administration to block it. A federal judge ordered immediate implementation of the rule

A federal judge ordered the rule , delayed last year by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, to take effect this week.

The Department of Education said Friday that it will not seeka new delay.

Attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia successfully sued DeVos last year over her decision to block the rule, known as Borrower Defense to Repayment, from taking effect.

The judge sided with the states last month, but implementation of the debt-relief rule was delayed pending Tuesday's decision in the separate lawsuit brought by an industry group.

DeVos has been widely criticized by Democrats and consumer advocacy groups for siding with for-profit colleges over students.

She's hired department officials with ties to the for-profit college industry and plans to repeal another rule important to the Obama administration's crackdown on for-profit colleges like Corinthian and ITT Tech, which were accused of defrauding students and eventually shut down.

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Students scammed by for-profit colleges whose business model was fraud will finally get the debt relief the Obama administration put into motion and the Trump administration tried to block. The Betsy DeVos-led Education Department said it would stop

The rule , struck down by a bipartisan majority, sought to rewrite Obama - era debt relief measures, which allow students misled by schools to A department rule would raise the bar for students applying for debt relief from schools that committed serious fraud.Credit Anna Moneymaker/The

Investors seemed optimistic about the future of for-profit colleges after Trump won the election in 2016, sending their stocks up. Trump himself had just agreed to settle three lawsuits filed against his real estate school, Trump University. Those lawsuits claimed the program also featured false advertisements and empty promises.

The Borrower Defense rule, which outlines a way for student borrowers to apply for loan forgiveness if they were defrauded or misled by their college.

DeVos froze the regulation weeks before it was set to go into effect, and about a month after a group of private colleges filed a legal complaint asking the department to do so.

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