03.11.20

Gardner Takes Stand for Defrauded Students

Votes to protect student loan relief for defrauded students, particularly veterans

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after voting in favor of H.J.Res. 76, to overturn the August 2019 rule from the Department of Education relating to borrower defense to loan repayment. 

“Today I’m proud to stand with students who were defrauded by educational institutions,” said Senator Gardner. “There should be no excuse for defrauding students, particularly student veterans who have bravely served our country. Student veterans are an unfortunate target for unethical institutions and it is important that if such fraud or abuse occurs that there is a straightforward, efficient process in place at the Department of Education to adjudicate and forgive student loans. I voted in favor of the Congressional Review Act and against the 2019 rule due to concerns that the new procedures would make it too difficult for defrauded students to receive the relief they are due.”

“Thousands of student veterans have been defrauded by bad-actor actor schools. Unfortunately, the Department of Education’s new Borrower Defense Rule guts relief for these students in an effort to shield colleges. SVA will always stand with students, and that’s why we support the congressional effort to overturn the Department’s misguided rule,” said Justin Hauschild, Legal Fellow at Student Veterans of America.

“We thank Senator Gardner for standing with servicemembers, veterans, and their families by voting in favor of H.J. Res. 76. Preserving a common-sense Borrower Defense Rule has been a long-standing priority of veterans’ groups as we have seen firsthand the deceptive tactics used by predatory colleges to target veterans. We are grateful for the Senator for supporting the Congressional Review Act to overturn the unnecessarily harmful new Borrower Defense Rule that makes it almost impossible for defrauded borrowers to obtain relief,” said Carrie Wofford, President of Veterans Education Success.

S.J. Res. 56 is supported by the American Legion, Student Veterans of America, ThirdWay, and others. 

Background – Senator Gardner’s actions to assist student borrowers:

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.