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.
We wrote a few weeks ago about the September 8 New York Times article, “Debt Collectors Cashing in on Student Loans.“ The article explains how student loan servicers and collectors lack incentives to prevent student loan defaults. Among other reasons, companies are not p
The Department of Education released new student loan default rate information in September and it’s not pretty! The overall two year cohort default rate increased to 9.1% (FY 2012 data). This official two year rate requires the Department to track borrowers for a very short two yea
A recent New York Times article about student loan debt collectors raises a number of important issues that we will be writing about in a series of blogs. The article explains how student loan servicers and collectors lack incentives to prevent student loan defaults. Among other reas
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s July 2012 report on for-profit higher education contains a wealth of important and shocking information about the for-profit education industry. Among other themes, the report focuses on the disproportionate default rates i
The Student Loan Default Trap: Why Borrowers Default and What Can Be Done, a new report released on Monday from the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project, addresses questions about the causes of default and the effectiveness of programs intended to
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