Rather than to work to speed up debt relief for students who were defrauded by for-profit educational institutions such as Corinthian Colleges, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has put on hold the rule that allows their loans to be canceled due to fraudulent representations by such schools. Her opinion is that it needs to be rewritten.
While DeVos says that they will still be processing requests, the Democrats have already complained that the Department of Education is moving at a snail’s pace to process debt-relief applications. According to Reuters,
They have especially been concerned about growing backlogs of relief applications and of loans approved for discharge that simply need a sign-off. They say the delays force students to keep up unaffordable monthly payments or face debt collection.
Given that hundreds of jobs across Trump’s administration have not been filled, it is not hard to suppose that it has had an impact on the Department of Education’s ability to fulfill its obligations.