A December 2011 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education reveals numerous problems with the Department of Education’s online system for managing student loans. Unfortunately, this is not news to our clients and other borrowers. We have been pointing out operational breakdowns for
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.
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
Deanne Loonin, Director of NCLC’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project, spoke on a panel this week at the annual conference of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Here are her more extended views on the session, “Student Borrowing: Reasonable Debt L
We wrote in a previous post about key comments submitted to the Department of Education for the upcoming negotiated rulemaking sessions. Many groups raised important issues. NCLC’s testimony focused on relief for financially distressed borrowers. Others commented on a wide range of
We submitted these comments to the Department of Education last week. We will write a number of articles the next few weeks with more details about key proposals. Our recommendations focus on strengthening relief for borrowers who are harmed by school abuses or who cannot repay due
On May 5, 2011, the Department of Education announced that it will soon be holding a new round of negotiated rulemaking sessions. The Department also announced three public hearings for interested parties to discuss the rulemaking agenda. The public hearings will be held on: –
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