We wrote earlier about a number of important changes to the federal student loan program. It took a long time, but it’s now almost July 1, the date when the new rules become effective. There are a number of important changes, including very significant improvements to the loan r
We wrote earlier about potential problems with the Department of Education’s new “servicer choice” consolidation application system. At that point, most, but not all borrowers were required to use the new system in order to consolidate with the Direct Loan program.
Comments on the Department of Education’s proposed “gainful employment” regulation are due next Tuesday May 27. This is the Department’s second attempt to define what it means for career education programs at public, nonprofit and for-profit colleges to prepare students
Lack of financial resources and the growing costs of college have a clear impact on college success rates, yet there are social trends at work that also provide significant challenges. Our new report addresses the root causes of poverty and social isolation while also presenting prac
It’s been a very busy year in the student loan world. The media, policymakers and regulators have started to wake up to the scope of student loan debt and the consequences for borrowers, their families and the economy. We will be taking a short break at Student Loan Borrower As
The discussion about student loan defaults too often assumes that it is acceptable and typical to use the full force of the government to collect from defaulted borrowers. In fact, there is nothing typical about the government’s draconian student loan collection powers. A rece
In May 2012, the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project released Borrowers on Hold: Student Loan Collection Agency Complaint Systems Need Massive Improvement, focusing on major gaps in the federal student loan collection agency complaint system
Social Security helps give aging and disabled Americans peace of mind. No matter how destitute we become, Social Security is meant to give us some measure of confidence that we will be able to get by. Social Security and other federal benefits are not as secure as they used to be. A
When we released our “Finding a Way Out” report five years ago, we were extremely concerned about the lack of reliable and affordable resources for financially distressed student loan borrowers. Unfortunately, the situation has not improved despite the increased numbers o
For a number of years, we have been writing about the problems facing borrowers trying to consolidate their loans out of default and into Income Based Repayment (IBR). The Department of Education was placing borrowers in ICR even if they selected IBR as their preferred payment plan.
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