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CAP’s Comment on the Borrower Defense and Closed School Discharge Regulations
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CAP’s Comment on the Borrower Defense and Closed School Discharge Regulations

Madison Weiss and Loren Welles submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Education on the borrower defense and closed school discharge regulations.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Education Department’s (ED) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued July 13, 2022 (Docket ID ED-2021-OPE-0077). We applaud the Department for its commitment to advance equitable outcomes for all students. This is an important undertaking as the on-going Covid-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate existing inequities in this country. While the purpose of higher education is to offer everyone in this country access to knowledge, job opportunity, and economic security, our current system often fails individuals. We urge the Department to institute strong oversight and accountability in all final regulations, ensuring that they work to protect low-income students, students of color, women, and veterans, who are disproportionately targeted by low-quality programs that take advantage of students to access federal student aid dollars. Below, we provide recommendations on improvements to the proposed regulations on closed school discharge and borrower defense.

The above excerpt was originally published in Regulations.gov. Click here to view the full comment letter.

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Authors

Madison Weiss

Policy Analyst

Loren Welles

Intern