Massachusetts is world-famous for our outstanding schools, students, and teachers. As Attorney General, I’m working to make sure we continue to lead in education and give every student the opportunities they need to succeed.
One of our biggest challenges for students and families is rising loan debt, which is a crisis not only for those struggling with repayment but for our economy as whole.
That’s why, as the People’s Lawyer, my office aggressively protects students targeted by predatory for-profit schools and has helped guide hundreds of students and families through the complicated maze of repayment and federal loan forgiveness. Nationally, we’re taking on a federal Department of Education that has shown its loyalties do not lie with students to protect critical rules and protections.
Our major wins against predatory for-profit schools did not bring an end to deceptive practices. We must continue to push forward and ensure our students receive an education that provides them with a path to a successful career and take action against institutions that fail to deliver on their promises.
And after the abrupt closure of Mount Ida College, which upended the lives and education of hundreds of students and families, I called for the creation of a new office of financial oversight within the state Department of Higher Education. This was a wake-up call, and we need to do more to protect students, parents, faculty, and staff at our colleges and universities.