_This action is for everyone who lives in MA or IL or any state with a DEMOCRAT Attorney General. (If you have a Republican Attorney General in your state, then keep reading).
While we keep our eyes on the big picture and fight for free public higher ed and a jubilee for all student debt, we have some time before the next administration to fight for a full discharge for former for-profit students.
The courts have made their judgement: the 2016 borrower defense to repayment (DTR) rules must go into effect.
But we cannot expect Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to actually process your DTR applications without being forced to do it. So far we have had to fight tooth and nail for every penny of relief we have gotten, and that is not going to change. We must try to force them to cancel for-profit borrowers’ debts.
One way we can do that is by working with state Attorneys General.
The Debt Collective believes that pushing state Attorneys General to ask for a discharge for everyone in their state is one of the best ways to get lots of people discharges in the next two years.
We have worked up a template letter for you to start with. But please add information about your own story.
A template letter for MASSACHUSETTS AND ILLINOIS can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O-KpYK558lCESSV1-4Gd-c9VrWVa8ic5eF-AO88Xcu4/edit
The goal of this letter is to ask your State AG to push Congress to hold hearings to find out why Betsy DeVos has stalled the borrower defense process.
In other states with democrat AGs, the goal is to get state AGs to work with Debt Collective members to file for group-wide discharges.
You can find a template letter for those other states here:
If your state AG is a Republican, we are happy to work with you on a custom letter. Since the GOP is Trump and DeVos’s party, things are more complicated with them. So just post on this forum that you would like to write to your Republican AG, and we will help.
Please post back here on the Debt Collective platform so we know which state AGs are taking action.
Let’s do this!