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Student Debt Battle Pits DeVos With Key House Democrat

The U.S. Department of Education agreed to hand over department records late Thursday to Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House education committee, just hours before Scott was set to subpoena Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for the records.

The information relates to the Education Department’s unwillingness to fully forgive the federal student loans of borrowers who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges, including the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges.

“We’ve been asking for information since last year,” Scott told NPR on Thursday, before the department promised the documents. “We expect answers.”

According to the most recent federal data, as of June 2019 more than 210,000 borrowers were waiting to have their claims processed under a 1995 rule known as “borrower defense.” The department’s decision is just the latest development in an ongoing dispute between DeVos and Scott about this previously little-used provision.