Home Share 8 Higher Education Student loan borrowers perplexed by Biden administration’s continued defense of Trump-era lawsuits – The Washington Post
Amanda Kulka expected her six-year fight for student loan cancellation would be over by now.
Powerful allies, including a state attorney general and a federal judge, agreed that she and other students in Massachusetts had been defrauded by the defunct for-profit chain Corinthian Colleges. The courts even granted all 7,200 of them a full discharge of their debt in June, rebuking former education secretary Betsy DeVos’s attempt to block their request for relief.
The Trump administration appealed the decision, bringing the order to a standstill. But with the arrival of a new administration, one with a keen interest in consumer rights, Kulka believed the case would soon be over. She was wrong.
“When Biden was elected, I was like ‘Yes, here is someone who has heard about our fight, who heard about our struggles. He’ll take care of this,” said Kulka, 33, who owes $10,000 in federal student loans for a certificate in medical administration. “But we’re still here. I want to be optimistic, but I’ve been waiting for so long.”
The Biden administration continues to defend lawsuits against the Education Department over Trump-era policies on student loans and career training regulation.
Biden’s Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has begun dismantling his predecessor’s policies. The department this week lifted a ban on colleges providing emergency grants to undocumented and international students. It has also extended student debt relief to disabled borrowers and some defrauded students.