How We Help
The Project on Predatory Student Lending represents low-income student loan borrowers who have experienced predatory lending in connection with for-profit schools. As part of our focus on for-profit colleges, the practice frequently assists with issues related to servicemembers’ and veterans’ education benefits, federal student aid, private student loans, and student loan collections. If you are in the Boston area, attended a for-profit school, and are seeking legal help with student loan problems, please contact the hotline at 617-390-2669.
The Project also brings the experiences of our clients to bear on state and federal higher education policy. Toby Merrill, the Project’s founder and director, recently served as a negotiator for the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking on the integrity and improvement of the federal student loan program. She also serves as a member of the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure Advisory Council on Private Occupational Schools. She has provided the following testimony on behalf of low-income student loan borrowers and veterans scammed by for-profit colleges in Massachusetts:
- Comments for U.S. Department of Education on PAYE with National Consumer Law Center, November 4, 2014
- Testimony for U.S. Department of Education on Parent PLUS regulations, September 8, 2014
- Testimony for Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure, March 20, 2014
- Testimony for Massachusetts Attorney General, January 10, 2014
Information & Resources
For general information on student loans, student loan policy, and student loan repayment, see Student Loan Borrower Assistance. For the Federal Student Aid office of the U.S. Department of Education, see https://studentaid.ed.gov. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau maintains a site with information for servicemembers.
Press Coverage and Recognition
In 2014, the Clinical Legal Education Association recognized the Project on Predatory Student Lending with an honorable mention for excellence in a clinical project.
For more coverage of the work of the Project, check out:
- WBUR’s Radio Boston, For-Profit Colleges Face Big Questions, Regulations, Lawsuits In Mass., Nov. 20, 2014
- Boston Globe, Coakley Sues For-Profit College Operator, April 3, 2014
- Greater Boston, For-Profit Colleges’ Methods Under Fire, January 8, 2014 (TV)
- Harvard Law Bulletin, Debt Trap, July 1, 2013
- CommonWealth, A Check on Bad Student Loan Debt, Fall 2013
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