Education Department Memos Stir Debate At Betsy Devos Hearing on Forgiving Student Loans
Two-year-old memos took center stage at a House Education Committee hearing on Thursday where Education Secretary Betsy Devos defended her position to only issue partial relief to some students who were defrauded by their schools.
DeVos told legislators on Thursday that students must have suffered financial harm to qualify for federal student loan relief under the Borrowers Defense policy. Under DeVos' methodology, students would receive relief based on how much they were financially harmed, determined by comparing their income with the median income of graduates in comparable programs.
Representative Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat from Oregon, criticized DeVos' methodology, saying that a person earning money doesn't automatically negate the possibility they were defrauded.