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Thom Tillis Stands Behind Predatory DeVos Rule That Makes It Harder For Defrauded Students To Have Loans Forgiven, Despite Opposition From Veterans’ Groups

Tillis’ Vote Today Follows Hostile Record Toward Student Borrowers, While He Accepts Donations From Predatory For-Profit Schools

RALEIGH, NC — Senator Thom Tillis today continued his hostile record toward students, voting against overturning a rule that stands in the way of loan forgiveness for students who’ve been taken advantage of by their college or university, a rule that “has faced particular opposition from veterans’ groups.”

The rule, put in place under Betsy Devos, whose family has donated thousands of dollars to Tillis, weakened rules meant to protect students and makes it harder if not impossible for them to have their student debt forgiven when their school has defrauded them.

“Once again, Thom Tillis is siding with his wealthy donors — the DeVos family and predatory for-profit colleges,” said Rachel Petri, spokesperson for Cal Cunningham. “In backing the Administration even when it’s wrong for North Carolina, Tillis put corporate special interests ahead of the students he was elected to serve.” 

Student veterans are often the target of misconduct, especially by for-profit colleges, which is why veterans groups have opposed the DeVos rule.

This is not the first time Tillis has sided with special interests over North Carolina students:

Senator Tillis accepted $26,500 from for-profit college corporate PACs, including one that preyed on North Carolina servicemembers, and backed a bill to deregulate the industry. 

  • Tillis has accepted $17,000 from Bridgepoint Education PAC — a political action committee associated with for-profit college Bridgepoint Education — and supported legislation to deregulate the for-profit college industry.

  • Bridgepoint’s Ashford University had targeted wounded Marines at Camp Lejeune, including one with traumatic brain injury. Bridgepoint was even under investigation by North Carolina for its unlawful student loan practices.