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.
2012 is almost over and it’s time for our annual “look back” at the year that was. Student loan issues were a hot topic this year. Much of the attention centered on legislation this summer that temporarily prevented student loan interest rates from doubling. The l
We have long argued that the Department of Education should tie its standards for student loan disability discharges to Social Security standards. At last, we are starting to see some progress in this area. Some changes are already in effect, but most will not kick in until next year
Now that the election is over, we hope that policymakers and the Administration will focus on fixing the student aid system. In order to do this, it is critical to agree on the goals of federal student aid policies. As Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab explained in an article this summer,
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
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
July 1 was an important date for many student borrowers. Key changes to student aid programs include: 1. New students without high school diplomas or GEDs will no longer be eligible for federal aid. (There is an exception for students who were home schooled). 2. Congress agreed at
We have written a number of posts about ongoing operational problems at the Department of Education. We received some encouraging news this week that some of these problems may be fixed, including: 1. We wrote earlier about problems with borrowers seeking to consolidate out of defau
Today, the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Borrower Loan Assistance Project released a new report: Borrowers on Hold: Student Loan Collection Agency’s Complaint Systems Need Massive Improvement. Overview: The U.S. Department of Education (the Department) relies on an increas
Congress made a number of changes to the federal student aid programs at the end of 2011. This legislation passed without much substantive debate because it was part of the budget process. President Obama signed the legislaton on December 23, 2011 (Public Law 112-74). The Department
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