WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department is considering only partially forgiving federal loans for students defrauded by for-profit colleges. That’s according to department officials.

The change would abandon the Obama administration’s policy of erasing that debt.

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Under President Barack Obama, tens of thousands of students deceived by now-defunct for-profit schools had over $550 million in such loans canceled.

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But President Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is working on a plan that could grant such students just partial relief.

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