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Student Loan Forgiveness Program Made Decisions in 12 Minutes, Documents Say


Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made no secret of her disdain for a program intended to forgive the federal student loans of borrowers who were ripped off by schools that defrauded their students. She called it a “free money” giveaway, let hundreds of thousands of claims languish for years and slashed the amount of relief granted to some successful applicants to $0.Then, after a class-action lawsuit made it impossible to stall any longer, her agency built what amounted to an assembly line of rejection.In Ms. DeVos’s final year in office, her agency denied nearly 130,000 claims — far surpassing the 9,000 …

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