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Bonamici Statement on Borrower Defense Announcement

March 18, 2021


Today’s announcement from the Department of Education is wonderful news for the thousands of students who were defrauded by predatory for-profit institutions. These students, who had already lost so much, were cheated by the Trump Administration for four years as the relief they were owed was delayed, withheld, or woefully insufficient. Throughout this period I worked tirelessly to help students who were defrauded by calling for full relief and pressing Betsy DeVos about her flawed process for evaluating claims and plans to only provide partial relief. Now, with the promise of full relief, these borrowers will finally be able to move forward free of the debts they were saddled with by institutions that misled them. I will continue pushing for increased student and borrower protections and to hold predatory institutions accountable for their actions.