Betsy Devos’s revisions to government student loan forgiveness programs have been criticized unfairly, argue Frederick M. Hess and Cody Christensen of National Review. In essence, she polished up the rules, ensuring that proper proof of students being defrauded had to be presented before their debts could be forgiven. The Obama administration’s program was too open-ended, leaving the door open to dubious claims of fraud being accepted to re-credit student debt. Taxpayer money should not be spent in cases that weren’t clearly fraudulent. DeVos has organized this system better, making it fair towards colleges and taxpayers.
Betsy Devos’s education reforms validate the practices of for-profit colleges that trick students into acquiring huge amounts of debt for minimal educational value, suggests Anna Clark of The Daily Beast. The Obama administration had put policies in place to hold such exploitative institutions accountable and help students trapped under mountains of debt. They also stipulated that colleges must prove they are producing hireable graduates. DeVos has undone these rules, removing vital protections for students. This move normalizes the notion that students are to blame for falling for such schemes, rather than the predatory colleges themselves.