Last month, the Department of Education announced new contract terms for its largest student loan servicers. The Department made some important changes, but much more needs to be done. As Ben Miller of New America summarized, the changes address only the finances, not the structure o
We wrote in our March 2014 report about the critical importance of giving students more than one chance to succeed in college. The reality is that most students do not follow a straight line from high school to a four-year college to graduation. Many stumble along the way. Yet fed
We issued a policy brief in June on student loan servicing. We urged the Department of Education not to renew the current servicing contracts. We said that borrowers and taxpayers deserve better than five more years of the same old system. We are sorry to report that the Department
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
President Obama announced new executive actions last week to address rising student loan debt burdens. The proposed changes to income-based repayment received the most attention. The current Pay As You Earn plan has the most favorable terms for borrowers, but is only available to ne
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
It can be confusing to figure out interest rates on student loans because the rates keep changing. Congress passed a law last year tying the federal student loan interest rates to the financial markets. This led to lower interest rates last year. The question many new borrowers are
The U.S. Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP) held a very important hearing a few weeks ago on federal student loan issues. This was part of a series of hearings to collect ideas for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The hearing began with test
The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing this past week examining mismanagement in the federal student loan rehabilitation process. The hearing coincided with a damning report from the General Accountability Office (GAO), Better Oversight Could Improve D
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