U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
APPLICATION FOR BORROWER DEFENSE TO LOAN REPAYMENT

If your school misled you or engaged in other misconduct, you may be eligible for “borrower defense to repayment,” which is the forgiveness of some or all of your federal student loan debt.

FORM INSTRUCTIONS: To apply, you must complete, sign, and submit this form to the U.S. Department of Education for review.

You may attach additional documents, such as transcripts, enrollment agreements, and promotional materials from your school. Once completed, please submit this form and any additional documents you believe will help us review your application by email to FSAOperations@ed.gov or by mail to: U.S. Department of Education, PO Box 429060, San Francisco, CA 94142.

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required for your application to be considered complete.

SECTION 1. BORROWER INFORMATION


Please provide contact information for the borrower.

*First Name
Middle Name
*Last Name
*Date of Birth
* Social Security Number
*Phone Number
*Email Address
*Street Address
*City *State *Zip Code


*Are you a PARENT who took out a federal loan on behalf of the student?

*If yes, please enter the full name of the student (Last, First, Middle)

*If yes, please enter the student’s Social Security Number (XXX-XX-XXXX)


SECTION II. SCHOOL INFORMATION


*School

Campus (including on-line campuses for distance education borrowers)

*Location (City, State)

Enrollment Dates at this school:
*From Date (MM/YYYY)
* To (Month, Year):

  
  

If your attendance at the school listed above was not or has not been continuous (for example, from October 2015 to March 2016, then again from August 2016 to November 2016), please describe all dates that you attended:


*Program Name or Major (e.g. Nursing, Medical Assistant, Paralegal)
Credential/Degree Sought (e.g. Certificate, Diploma, Associates, Bachelors, Masters)

If you enrolled in multiple programs at the school listed above, please describe all programs that you were enrolled in.

*Current Status at school:
       

SECTION III. OTHER LOAN REDUCTION OR TUITION RECOVERY REQUESTS


* Have you made any other requests to have your Federal loans forgiven (for example, under a closed school discharge or false certification discharge from the U.S. Department of Education)?
     

* If yes, please describe these other request(s), including the amount of any loan forgiveness that you received, and attach any documentation about the requests, if available.

* Have you made any requests to anyone else to recover tuition amounts that you paid to your school (for example, a lawsuit against the school or a claim made to a tuition recovery program)?
       

* If yes, please describe these other request(s), including the amount of the payment that you received (if any), and attach any documentation about the requests, if available.

SECTION IV. BASIS FOR BORROWER DEFENSE

Answer the questions for each section below that applies to you.

For each section below that applies to you, please provide a detailed description of why you believe you are entitled to borrower defense, including the following information:

  1. What the school told you or failed to tell you.
  2. How the school communicated with you, whether in a brochure, online, over the phone, by email, or in person.
  3. The name/title of people who you believe misled you (if known).
  4. Why you believe you were misled.

Attach any related documents, such as transcripts, enrollment agreements, promotional materials from the school, emails with school officials or your school’s manual, or course catalog.

Note: You only need to provide information for the sections below that apply to you, but you must complete at least one section. If you are a Parent PLUS borrower, the word “you” in the following sections also refers to the student.

If you need more space to complete any section, please attach additional pages to your application.

EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS

Did the school mislead you (or fail to tell you important information) about promises of future employment, likelihood of finding a job, eligibility for certification or licensure in your field of study, how many students graduate, and/or earnings after graduation?

    

If yes, you must provide detailed information about how the school misled you. Please also describe any financial harm to you as a result of the school’s conduct.

* Did you choose to enroll in your school based in part on the issues you describe above?

    

PROGRAM COST AND NATURE OF LOANS

Did the school mislead you (or fail to tell you important information) about how much your classes would cost, how you would pay for your education, the terms of loan repayment, and/or other issues about the cost of your education?

    

If yes, you must provide detailed information about how the school misled you. Please also describe any financial harm to you as a result of the school’s conduct.

* Did you choose to enroll in your school based in part on the issues you describe above?

    

TRANSFERRING CREDITS

Did the school mislead you (or fail to tell you important information) about transferring your credits from this school to other schools?

    

If yes, you must provide detailed information about how the school misled you. Please also describe any financial harm to you as a result of the school’s conduct.

* Did you choose to enroll in your school based in part on the issues you describe above?

    

CAREER SERVICES

Did the school mislead you (or fail to tell you important information) about the availability or quality of job placement, career services assistance, or the school’s connections to employers within your field of study?

         

If yes, you must provide detailed information about how the school misled you. Please also describe any financial harm to you as a result of the school’s conduct.

* Did you choose to enroll in your school based in part on the issues you describe above?

         

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

Did the school mislead you (or fail to tell you important information) about educational services, such as the availability of externships, qualifications of teachers, instructional methods, or other types of educational services?

         

If yes, you must provide detailed information about how the school misled you. Please also describe any financial harm to you as a result of the school’s conduct.

* Did you choose to enroll in your school based in part on the issues you describe above?

         

ADMISSIONS AND URGENCY TO ENROLL

Did the school mislead you (or fail to tell you important information) about the importance of enrolling immediately, the consequences of failure to enroll, how difficult it was to be admitted, or anything else about the admission process?

         

If yes, you must provide detailed information about how the school misled you. Please also describe any financial harm to you as a result of the school’s conduct.

* Did you choose to enroll in your school based in part on the issues you describe above?

         

OTHER

Do you have any other reasons relating to your school that you believe qualify you for borrower defense, such as your school failing to perform its obligations under its contract with you, or that there is a judgment against your school in a Federal court, a State court, or in front of an administrative board or that you believe that you have a state law cause of action against the school?

         

For more information about the bases for borrower defense relief, see StudentAid.ed.gov/borrower-defense.

If yes, you must provide detailed information about how the school misled you. Please also describe any financial harm to you as a result of the school’s conduct.

* Did you choose to enroll in your school based in part on the issues you describe above?

         

SECTION V. FORBEARANCE/STOPPED COLLECTIONS


If you are not currently in default on your federal student loans, you may request to have them placed into forbearance status while your application is under review. Forbearance means that you do not have to make loan payments and your loans will not go into default. Forbearance will continue until the borrower defense review process of your application is completed. Your servicer will notify you when your loans have been placed into forbearance status.

If your federal student loans are in default, you may request to have debt collection on your loan stopped (“stopped collections status”). This means that the federal government or debt collection companies will stop attempting to collect on the loans, including by not withholding money from your wages or income tax refunds. Stopped collections status will continue until the borrower defense review process of your application is completed.

Please see the “Common Questions and Answers Regarding Forbearance/Stopped Collections” section on the Borrower Defense website (studentaid.ed.gov/borrower-defense) if you have any questions regarding choosing to enter forbearance or stopped collections.

Note that interest will continue to accumulate on federal loans regardless of what status they are in, including subsidized loans. If your application for borrower defense is denied, or partially approved, the total amount you owe on those loans may be higher.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to place your loans in forbearance or stopped collections to apply for borrower defense relief.

For the most current information with regard to your rights and obligations regarding forbearance and stopped collections, please visit the Borrower Defense website at StudentAid.ed.gov/borrower-defense.


* Are you requesting forbearance/stopped collections?

    

    



If you do not select one of the options immediately above, your federal loans currently in repayment will automatically be placed into forbearance and collections will stop for any defaulted loans, and the Department will request forbearance for any commercially held Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program loans currently in repayment and for debt collection to stop for any defaulted, commercially held FFEL program loans that you have currently (as applicable).

SECTION VI. CERTIFICATION


By signing this attestation I certify that:

All of the information I provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. Upon request, I agree to provide to the U.S. Department of Education information that is reasonably available to me that will verify the accuracy of my completed attestation.

I agree to provide, upon request, testimony, a sworn statement, or other documentation reasonably available to me that demonstrates to the satisfaction of the U.S. Department of Education or its designee that I meet the qualifications for borrower defense.

I certify that I received proceeds of a federal loan, in whole or in part, to attend the school/campus identified in Section II.

I understand that if my application is approved and some or all of my loans are forgiven, I am assigning to the U.S. Department of Education any legal claim I have against the school for those forgiven loans. By assigning my claims, I am effectively transferring my interests in any claim that I could make against the school relating to the forgiven loans (including the ability to file a lawsuit over those forgiven loans and any money ultimately recovered in compensation for those forgiven loans in court or other legal proceedings) to the U.S. Department of Education. I am not assigning any claims I may have against the school for any other form of relief—including injunctive relief or damages related to private loans, tuition paid out-of-pocket, unforgiven loans, or other losses.

I understand that the U.S. Department of Education has the authority to verify information reported on this application with other federal or state agencies or other entities. I authorize the U.S. Department of Education, along with its agents and contractors, to contact me regarding this request at the phone number above using automated dialing equipment or artificial or prerecorded voice or text messages.

I understand that any rights and obligations with regard to borrower defense to repayment are subject to the provisions currently in effect under Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

I understand that if I purposely provided false or misleading information on this application, I may be subject to the penalties specified in 18 U.S.C. § 1001. I understand that I may be asked to confirm the truthfulness of the statements in this application to the best of my knowledge under penalty of perjury.


* Signature: Date:

Submit this form and any additional documents you believe will help us review your application by email to FSAOperations@ed.gov or by mail to: U.S. Department of Education, PO Box 429060, San Francisco, CA 94142.


PRIVACY ACT NOTICE


The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) requires that the following notice be provided to you: The authorities for collecting the requested information from and about you are §421 et seq., §451 et seq. and §461 et seq. of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq., 20 U.S.C. 1087a et seq., and 20 U.S.C. 1087aa et seq.) and the authorities for collecting and using your Social Security Number (SSN) are §§428B(f) and 484(a)(4) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1078-2(f) and 20 U.S.C. 1091(a)(4)) and 31 U.S.C. 7701(b). Participating in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, or the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Program, and giving us your SSN are voluntary, but you must provide the requested information, including your SSN, to participate. The principal purposes for collecting the information on this form, including your SSN, are to verify your identity, to determine your eligibility to receive a loan or a benefit on a loan (such as a deferment, forbearance, discharge, or forgiveness) under the Direct Loan Program, FFEL, or Perkins Loan Programs, to permit the servicing of your loans, and, if it becomes necessary, to locate you and to collect and report on your loans if your loans becomes delinquent or defaults. We also use your SSN as an account identifier and to permit you to access your account information electronically. The information in your file may be disclosed, on a case- by-case basis or under a computer matching program, to third parties as authorized under routine uses in the appropriate systems of records notices. The routine uses of this information include, but are not limited to, its disclosure to federal, state, or local agencies, to private parties such as relatives, present and former employers, business and personal associates, to consumer reporting agencies, to financial and educational institutions, and to guaranty agencies in order to verify your identity, to determine your eligibility to receive a loan or a benefit on a loan, to permit the servicing or collection of your loans, to enforce the terms of the loans, to investigate possible fraud and to verify compliance with federal student financial aid program regulations, or to locate you if you become delinquent in your loan payments or if you default. To provide default rate calculations, disclosures may be made to guaranty agencies, to financial and educational institutions, or to state agencies. To provide financial aid history information, disclosures may be made to educational institutions. To assist program administrators with tracking refunds and cancellations, disclosures may be made to guaranty agencies, to financial and educational institutions, or to federal or state agencies. To provide a standardized method for educational institutions to efficiently submit student enrollment statuses, disclosures may be made to guaranty agencies or to financial and educational institutions. To counsel you in repayment efforts, disclosures may be made to guaranty agencies, to financial and educational institutions, or to federal, state, or local agencies. In the event of litigation, we may send records to the Department of Justice, a court, adjudicative body, counsel, party, or witness if the disclosure is relevant and necessary to the litigation. If this information, either alone or with other information, indicates a potential violation of law, we may send it to the appropriate authority for action. We may send information to members of Congress if you ask them to help you with federal student aid questions. In circumstances involving employment complaints, grievances, or disciplinary actions, we may disclose relevant records to adjudicate or investigate the issues. If provided for by a collective bargaining agreement, we may disclose records to a labor organization recognized under 5 U.S.C. Chapter 71. Disclosures may be made to our contractors for the purpose of performing any programmatic function that requires disclosure of records. Before making any such disclosure, we will require the contractor to maintain Privacy Act safeguards. Disclosures may also be made to qualified researchers under Privacy Act safeguards.

PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT NOTICE


According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 1845-NEW. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. The obligation to respond to this collection is required to obtain or retain a benefit (20 U.S.C. 1087e(h)). If you have comments or concerns regarding the status of your individual submission of this application, please contact FSAOperations@ed.gov directly.