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Borrower Beware: Progress Advocates Group LLC

Loans, Student Loans

This company is on the NerdWallet Student Loan Watch List. The list flags student-loan businesses and individuals hit by enforcement actions, court judgments or liens, or bad ratings from the Better Business Bureau. Learn more in Who Gets Listed. Have you dealt with this business, or encountered a suspicious student-loan company that NerdWallet public interest reporters should investigate? Let us know at

In October 2017, Progress Advocates Group was included in a publicized crackdown on student debt relief fraud by the Federal Trade Commission and 12 attorneys general — a joint enforcement effort called “Operation Game of Loans.”

At the time of this Watch List posting, the Better Business Bureau had given an “F” rating to the company, which also does business as Student Advocates LLC.

What the company claims to provide: Debt relief services


Based: Costa Mesa, California

Management: Sean Lucero, partner; Scott Smith, partner

Sources: Better Business Bureau; California business records