SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Xavier Becerra today criticized Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for continuing to roll back important protections for student borrowers. Specifically, Secretary DeVos recently announced that the Department of Education would terminate two memoranda of understanding with the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB). These agreements were designed to increase cooperation between the two agencies on complaints and supervision of student loan servicers. Joined by 19 attorneys general, Attorney General Becerra sent a letter to Secretary DeVos urging the Department of Education to reconsider its short-sighted decision.
“The U.S. Department of Education should be on the side of students. Secretary DeVos has consistently shown she is not, with this decision being the latest example,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Under the leadership of Director Richard Cordray, the CFPB has been an invaluable ally when it comes to protecting our students. It is irresponsible, reckless, and illegal for Secretary DeVos to now tell the CFPB that their help is no longer needed without any explanation of how she will increase protections for students. Secretary DeVos must stop cozying up with loan servicers and for-profit colleges. Educational institutions should exist to serve students. Enough is enough.”
The letter to Secretary DeVos finds three main faults with the Department of Education’s decision to end its cooperation with the CFPB and the August 31st letter announcing that decision:
Joining Attorney General Becerra in signing today’s letter were the attorneys general for Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai'i, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
A copy of today’s letter is attached to the electronic version of this release at oag.ca.gov/news.