Student Loans

Vermont AG Settles Lawsuit with California Student Loan Debt Consolidation Company

On November 18, 2016, the Attorney General for the State of Vermont (Vermont AG) announced that it had entered into a settlement with a California student loan debt consolidation company related to the company’s business of helping consumers consolidate their loans to reduce their student loan debt.  As part of the settlement, the…

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Student Loan Company Ordered to Stop Doing Business in Kentucky

On September 27, 2016, the Kentucky Attorney General announced that on September 15, 2016, a Franklin Circuit Judge ordered a Florida-based student loan company to cease all operations in Kentucky.  The Attorney General’s lawsuit was filed after the Attorney General launched an investigation “into the company’s potentially misleading college loan forgiveness claims aimed…

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CFPB Issues Consent Order Against Education Company For Illegal Student Lending Practices

On September 12, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced the issuance of a consent order with a for-profit college chain that allegedly deceived its students into taking out loans that were more expensive than advertised. For the last several years, the for-profit education company allegedly had enrolled hundreds of thousands of…

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Massachusetts AG Settles with Student Debt Relief Company Over Alleged Illegal Fees

On September 1, 2016, the Massachusetts Attorney General (“AG”) announced a settlement with a student loan debt relief company, over allegations the company charged illegal fees to enroll borrowers in income-based repayment plans and other loan modification services. The company allegedly offered “debt relief” services to borrowers, which included assisting borrowers…

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CFPB Issues Consent Order Regarding National Bank's Student Loan Servicing Practices

On August 22, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a large national bank in relation to the company’s private student loan servicing practices.  The CFPB asserts that the bank’s practices allegedly increased costs and penalized certain borrowers, leading to illegal fees and inaccurate credit…

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Washington AG Settles Lawsuits with Six Student Loan Adjustors for Alleged Deceptive Practices

On April 7, 2016, the Washington Attorney General (“AG”) announced settlements with six student loan adjustment companies which were alleged to have “preyed on students” by charging excessive fees. The Washington AG claimed that these firms violated Washington’s Debt Adjustment Act and Consumer Protection Act by overcharging 346 Washington students…

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For-Profit Education Company Will Forgive $118,865 in Former Hawaii Student Loan Debt

On March 23, the Hawaii Attorney General (AG) announced that a consent judgment had been entered in Hawaii state court between a group of state attorneys general and a for-profit education company, under which the company will forgive approximately $118,865 in student loans for former Hawaii students. As previously covered by Enforcement Watch,…

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Massachusetts AG Announces Defrauded Student Borrowers Are Eligible for Debt Relief

​On March 28, the Massachusetts Attorney General (“AG”), together with the U.S. Secretary of Education, announced that more than 2,000 students who were allegedly defrauded​ by a national for-profit college are eligible to have their federal loans forgiven. In November 2015, the AG had submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Education…

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