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Betsy DeVos breaking the $150 million of student loan debt after losing a court dispute

U.S. education Secretary Betsy DeVos, to cancel $150 million of student loans under an Obama-era program.
(Reuters/Leah Millis)

The Department of Education said it will cancel $150 million of student loan debt, which closed about 15,000 people, and their schools.

The Obama-era borrowers defense relief program, which provided essentially to a standstill, under Secretary of education Betsy Devos, a way for people to forgiveness, to ask for Federal student loans, if a closed school violated certain laws or mislead students.

DeVos was very critical of the program, allegedly called it a “free money” give-away, and trying to change and delay the program. However, she was sued, and a Federal judge ruled needed in September, the program, in order to “enter into force.”

Eligible for loan forgiveness, you must have been enrolled in the school, if it is closed and not enrolled in a title IV school within three years of the previous school close, according to the Education Department.

PLUS loans – parents took in the name of the child, could also be entitled to relief.

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So far, about 15,000 people have been characterized by the Department of education are eligible. Over $80 million of the 150 million US-dollars of debt of the now-defunct Corinth attributed to schools.

Borrowers start to be notified, of the student loan discharges by E-Mail on Friday, the Department said.

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“This is a good first step, but it is not good enough,” said Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the education Committee. She called on DeVos “abandon their attempts to write to the borrower of defense rule, for-profit colleges off the hook and instead, the full implementation of the current rule and the liberation of more than 100,000 borrowers who were cheated of their education and savings.”

Republican sen. Lamar Alexander, the Education Committee chair, previously argued that the “Obama administration went too far in rewriting this provision through the setting of too wide and vague standards, and as a result, put the taxpayers on the hook for too many loans.”

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