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The U.S. Division of Schooling on Tuesday introduced it’s going to cancel all remaining federal scholar debt for former college students of the now-defunct for-profit Westwood School, delivering $1.5 billion in aid to 79,000 debtors.
The cancellation covers college students who attended any location of Westwood School, together with on-line packages, from Jan. 1, 2002 to Nov. 17, 2015, when the college stopped enrollment forward of its 2016 closure.
The forgiveness will occur robotically, no matter whether or not former college students have utilized for a borrower protection discharge, the Schooling Division stated.
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“Westwood School’s exploitation of scholars and abuse of federal monetary assist place it in the identical circle of infamy occupied by Corinthian Schools and ITT Technical Institute,” stated Beneath Secretary James Kvaal within the announcement. “Westwood operated on a tradition of false guarantees, lies and manipulation as a way to revenue off scholar debt that burdened debtors lengthy after Westwood closed.”
The division discovered the college routinely misled potential college students by “grossly misrepresenting” the worth of its credentials, together with inflated job placement charges and earnings potential.
What’s extra, Westwood School supplied college students with a false “employment pledge,” vowing to assist attendees with post-graduation payments in the event that they weren’t employed inside six months, the findings present.
Increased-education knowledgeable Mark Kantrowitz advised CNBC the most recent discharge is “a continuation of the work that the Division of Schooling has completed, utilizing present scholar mortgage forgiveness and discharge packages to deal with inequities.”
The division has now accepted $14.5 billion in scholar mortgage cancellation for almost 1.1 million debtors whose schools took benefit of them, in line with the discharge.
“The Biden-Harris Administration will proceed ramping up oversight and accountability to guard college students and taxpayers from abuse and be sure that executives who commit such hurt by no means work at establishments that obtain federal monetary assist once more,” Kvaal added.