DeVos Tells Colleges to Drop Arbitration Agreements


The Department of Education on Friday released new guidance on the 2016 borrower-defense rule instructing colleges to drop enforcement of mandatory arbitration agreements.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos blocked the rule from taking effect in 2017, but after a legal battle with consumer advocates and several states, she was ordered by a federal court to carry out the rule in October.

The department has made little progress on a backlog of borrower-defense claims from student borrowers who claim they were defrauded or misled by …(continue reading)