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Judge Orders Betsy DeVos to Cancel 7,200 Scammed Borrowers’ Student Loans

During most of the Trump administration’s tenure, the U.S. Department of Education, led by Betsy DeVos, has worked to limit student debt cancellation for borrowers who say they were scammed by their schools.

The agency scored a win in that effort Friday, when Democrats failed to muster enough votes to override President Trump’s veto of a bill that would have overturned the Department’s approach to student debt cancellation under what’s known as the “borrower defense” rule.

But that same day, a court endorsed these borrowers’ rights to have their debt forgiven under the law. A judge ordered DeVos to cancel the debt of 7,200 former for-profit college students in Massachusetts who had applied for relief under the rule.

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