Hi @Joseph_White, @gs07731, @meadoman @kitcowan and everyone else.
I sought clarification on this.
From my understanding the Sweet v DeVos case (which looks like it has now been renamed Sweet v Cardona since we have a new Secretary of Education) the Department of Education said that they would not collect on any of the accounts that were denied until that case is resolved.
This is a slightly different issue than having your borrower defense to repayment application marked as “closed” or “pending.” If you got denied, and your account is placed back in a repayment status, please contact me ASAP and we will investigate further and if necessary bring a violation of this agreement to the court’s attention.
In terms of the borrower defense to repayment applications themselves, for right now we are still in a wait-and-see mode. The Sweet case is advancing, but that is always a slow process. We don’t know what the Biden administration might decide to do on it’s own, without the courts forcing them to take action.
So for right now I don’t think you need to refile a new borrower defense application even if you got denied and even if the borrower defense hotline says your application is “closed.” What the courts decide and what the Biden administration decides remains to be seen. In the meantime you shouldn’t be collected on.
At some point in the future the situation might change, but for now we are still in wait-and-see land.