President Obama announced a plan this week to help alleviate student loan burdens. The President’s plan shows that the Administration is hearing the voices of struggling student loan borrowers. It is a good step in providing some relief, but much more needs to be done. There are a
State tuition recovery funds (STRFs) can be a valuable source of relief for defrauded students when a school is insolvent and when the student cannot obtain a federal discharge. STRFs contain deposits of money collected from schools approved to operate in the state. The funds are dis
We wrote previously about the dangers of promoting financial literacy efforts INSTEAD of regulating abusive credit products and INSTEAD of providing relief for financially distressed student loan borrowers. We noted the shocking lack of evidence that financial literacy is effective.
Joe Nocera wrote in the New York Times last week that profits and education shouldn’t have to be such an ugly combination. Nocera notes that defenders of the for-profit higher education industry are often ignored when they point out that their higher student loan default rates are in
NCLC’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project posted a new self-help packet this week. The unemployment deferment packet helps borrowers figure out whether they are eligible for this deferment and if so, how to apply. Only federal student loan borrowers with loans that are
We highly recommend Pro Publica’s latest article on student loan disability discharges. In this article, Sasha Chavkin asked the Department of Education to clarify its position on the most critical disability discharge issue—Will the Department consider Social Security disability det
The Department of Education has unprecedented powers to collect defaulted student loans. The agency can take tax refunds (even earned income tax credits), garnish wages without first getting judgments, and even seize portions of federal benefits such as Social Security. There is no
Redlining is the practice of denying credit to particular neighborhoods on a discriminatory basis. The flip side is reverse redlining, the practice of targeting these same communities or protected classes for predatory lending. The creditor may not even offer better terms to other b
Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project Director Deanne Loonin recently spoke about student loan issues with Isaac Bowers, senior program manager at Equal Justice Works. Here is an excerpt from that interview: “Student loan policy is generally developed with a focus on the nee
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