Pressure mounts for Betsy DeVos to address the backlog of 87,000 student debt relief claims

Senate Democrats are urging Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to forgive the federal student loans of borrowers who were defrauded by their colleges, as the number of debt relief claims at the Education Department grows.

The Washington Post reported in October that there are more than 87,000 applications for debt relief pending at the department, according to people within the agency who were not authorized to speak publicly. The agency has the authority to discharge federal student loans when a college uses illegal tactics to persuade a student to borrow money to attend, but not a single application has been approved since the Trump administration took office. Now lawmakers are demanding action.

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