Durbin, Murray, Warren, Blumenthal, Brown, Duckworth Press Secretary Devos To Assist Students In The Wake Of National College Closures
Dream Center Education Holdings Closing 30 Campuses Formerly Owned By For-Profit Education Management Corporation By The End Of The Year
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today pressed U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to take immediate steps to assist students harmed by the closing of colleges owned by Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), including many of the Art Institutes (Ai), Argosy University, and South University campuses around the country. Specifically, the senators urged the Department of Education to immediately inform students of their right to a closed school discharge, extend the time period under which students qualify for loan relief, and protect students and taxpayers from future harm.
“The evidence is mounting that long-held doubts about DCEH’s commitment to students, and its ability to properly manage institutions of higher education, were well founded. Another troubled for-profit conversion prepares to leave thousands of students holding millions of dollars in useless debt, it is the obligation of the Department to do everything in its power to make sure that students are fully informed of available options and to protect against additional students and taxpayers dollars being put at risk,” the senators wrote in their letter to Secretary DeVos.