On January 27, 2016 the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against DeVry University alleging the for-profit school deceived prospective students by exaggerating post-graduation job prospects. This constitutes a violation of the FTC Act and the complaint asks the court to provide redress to consumers and prohibit DeVry from further violations. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education (DE) has taken separate action to require DeVry to stop deceptive advertising claims regarding its graduates’ employment success and to implement procedures to insure the truthfulness of post-graduation employment claims. These enforcement actions may open the doors for DeVry graduates to request student loan debt relief.
Marinello Schools of Beauty operates 56 cosmetology schools across five states, including two locations here in San Diego (Miramar and El Cajon). On February 4, 2016 Marinello suddenly shut down all of its locations leaving 4,300 students unable to continue their education and 800 employees out of work.
The sudden shut down came after the US Department of Education denied recertification of Marinello’s eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs. According to the Department of Education website, Marinello was notified on February 1, 2016 that its participation would end effective February 29, 2016. Three days after Marinello received this notification, it shut down all locations.
An important factor that sets student loan debt apart from all other kinds of debt is that it’s just about impossible to rid yourself of it. Even borrowers that end up in such financial burdens file for bankruptcy and struggle to get a fresh start void of their student loan debt.
But a few cases working their way through the legal system could alter that. They increase the possibility that the courts might offer a loose definition of how difficult the borrower’s financial situation is before a bankruptcy judge can justify discharging his or her loans.
When one's student loan debt isn't managable and exedes one's income, it may cause the loan barrower to abandon the prospects of a career in a low-paying profession. For instance, a public defender or prosecutor can have more than $100k in law school debt, but a greatly lower beginning salary, yielding a debt-to-income ratio of 2:1 or more.
Loan forgiveness that requires the borrower to work in a particular occupation is tax-free under the current federal laws. Other types of debt forgiveness are treated as your income to the borrower, leading to what may be considered as a tax liability.