Trump changes higher Ed with rollback of Obama-era consumer protections

The Washington Post

 

Step by step, the Trump administration is walking back policies and rules in higher education that its predecessor said were needed to protect students who rely on federal funding to pursue a degree.

Supporters say the Education Department under President Trump is restoring balance after overreach during the Obama administration led to punitive regulations and aggressive policing that threatened the stability of schools and student loan companies. But consumer advocates say they fear Trump is unraveling years of work to ensure borrowers are placed ahead of profits.

Through the first half of the year, the department led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has withdrawn, delayed or announced plans to revamp more than a half dozen Obama-era measures involving federal student aid.

“The U.S. Department of Education’s illegal refusal to implement these protections means that more students will continue to drown in debt, while taxpayers foot the bill,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D).

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Jon Zurn