Joseph A Smith, Jr. Appointed Special Master

I am deeply honored to have been appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to be Special Master. Other activities with regards to alleged predatory activity in the offering of education and training, particularly to low and moderate income Americans. I  believe that working with all the stakeholders in this very important issue, the Department of course, students, people who represent them, state attorneys general and others, we can craft a fair efficient means of giving redress to people who have been wronged. I’m very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with the Department and others to a good end for all Americans.

I’ve learned through my work as monitor under the National Mortgage Settlement about the importance of public trust and confidence. I undertake to do everything I can in this new endeavor to keep the public informed and to justify that trust and confidence.


  1. I’m also wondering how to apply for loan forgiveness; I went to Everest for a couple of years, found out they were a sham and left to go to a regionally accredited university. Unfortunately I already owe tens of thousands of dollars from those years there.

  2. Please, please, please go after for-profit post secondary schools! They are nothing more than diploma mills aiming for the largest bottom line. They pray on the poor, single mothers and minorities. The also heavily target recent high school graduates with little to no real world experience/knowledge. I along with many others were the victims of the scam that is for-profit schools.

  3. I was wondering where I apply for the student loan forgiveness for the “for-profit” school loans. I went to The Art Institutes for a year and a half, but I had to leave due to inability to find a job willing to work. I left in 2012.

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