Biden’s Pick to Lead Consumer Protection Agency Is an Aggressive Advocate for Student Borrowers

January 21, 2021 / PSU-AAUP

The Chronicle of Higher Education

by Vimal Patel

January 20, 2021

President Biden has named a strong advocate for student-loan borrowers to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a peace offering to the energized left flank of his party, and also a sign that the incoming administration wants aggressive oversight of student-loan servicers.

Rohit Chopra, a member of the Federal Trade Commission, previously served as the bureau’s student- loan ombudman, where he was an ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, a key figure in the creation of the consumer-rights agency. Debtor advocates lauded the move, calling Chopra a “trailblazer” who cracked down on predatory for-profit colleges and rooted out abusive practices in servicing student loans.

“Rohit’s nomination means that the strongest advocate for student-loan borrowers in our current history will be leading the bureau,” said Natalia Abrams, executive director of Student Debt Crisis, an advocacy group.

The choice comes at a time when such advocates are hopeful on two fronts: the prospect of mass debt cancellation (Biden has indicated he’s open to forgiving $10,000 in student-loan debt, and progressives will push him hard for more) and increased scrutiny of predatory lending practices after four years of diminished enforcement.

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