DeVos will no longer seek to delay Obama-era student loan regulations

DeVos will no longer seek to delay Obama-era student loan regulations
© Greg Nash

The Education Department announced Friday that it would not seek a further delay of an Obama-era student loan regulation, The Associated Press reported.

The announcement comes one month after a federal judge ruled against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's decision to roll back the Obama-era Borrower Defense to Repayment rule, which was meant to protect students from predatory student loan practices. 

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U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss sided with 19 Democratic state attorneys general and the District of Columbia, who argued in a lawsuit that the department violated federal law by scrapping the rule. 

The court ruled last month that DeVos's actions were "unlawful" and "arbitrary and capricious," with Moss writing in the ruling that the delay was "otherwise invalid without negotiated rulemaking, notice, and an opportunity for public comment."

Liz Hill, a spokeswoman for the department, told the AP that DeVos "respects the role of the court and will defer to its judgment in whether parts of the 2016 rule will go into effect.”

The Hill has reached out to the department for further comment on its announcement.

DeVos initially sought to delay the implementation of the rule until July 1, 2019, to give her department more time to rewrite the rules, saying last year that it was “time for a regulatory reset.”

For-profit institutions have argued that the Obama-era regulation was unfair. The program set up automatic triggers requiring a school to put up a large sum of money each time a lawsuit is filed against it to protect taxpayers, should the institution fail.