FOIA

Preemption

Companies that collect payments on federal student loans, called servicers, must comply with the consumer protection laws of each state in which they operate. However, under Betsy DeVos’s leadership, the Department of Education has attempted to insulate loan servicers from state oversight and regulation, and prevent student borrowers from protecting themselves by making claims under state consumer protection law. 

Student Defense has been focused on this issue since opening its doors. More information about our work on preemption is on our Preemption Project page.

FOIA Requests

Department Communications with Student Loan Servicing Alliance Regarding Preemption - June 21, 2018

Seeking: Communications between the US. Department of Education and Student Loan Servicing Alliance relating to the preemption of state law. 

Documents

The Department has not provided documents in response to this request. As such, on June 21, 2018 Student Defense, represented by American Oversight, sued the Department in order to obtain these communications. The litigation remains ongoing. 

 

Department Communications with Federal Loan Servicers Regarding Preemption -June 21, 2018

Seeking: Communications between the U.S. Department of Education and federal loan servicers relating to the Department’s Notice of Interpretation regarding the preemption of state law.

Documents:

The Department has not provided documents in response to this request. As such, on June 21, 2018 Student Defense, represented by American Oversight, sued the Department in order to obtain these communications. The litigation remains ongoing.