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Education Department Derided, Praised For Student Loan Protection ‘Pause’

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education drew both scorn and praise Monday at a public hearing on its plans to revamp two Obama-era rules meant to protect students from shady schools that leave them saddled with debt and no viable way to pay it off.

Barmak Nassirian is director of federal policy for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Advocates for student loan borrowers chided the department for its decision to “delay” enforcement of the rules, while representatives of for-profit career colleges thanked the department for putting the rules they described as burdensome and onerous on “pause.”