40% Student Loans Default Expected

So far, 92 cases had been identified as ineligible, Mr Laverty said, and efforts would be made to claw the money back. Mr Laverty said: “We have currently suspended all payments to what we call A2 applicants, that’s students who are applicants from Romania and Bulgaria at what is termed alternative providers. “That applies to around 7,500 students. “We did that specifically because we were picking up in our analytic work at the Student Loan Company quite high instances of those applications or those applicants at alternative providers. “When we did some sample testing, we weren’t satisfied that all of them were passing the residency requirements so, website working with our partners in Bis, we suspended payments.
Source: http://money.uk.msn.com/news/40percent-student-loans-default-expected

Private student loans no better than using a credit card for college

In large part, private student borrowers fell prey to a range of unsavory marketing tactics. Some lenders deliberately misled borrowers into believing that their private student loan products were superior to federal loans. These kinds of financial abuses are among the reasons why the Center for Responsible Lending and other consumer and civil rights allies pushed for and won historic reforms with enactment of the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform Act When lenders of varying financial products and servicers operated with scantif anyfinancial regulation, untold abuses occurred. Now with the CFPB at work investigating complaints, it is important for consumers to share what is wrong or what is not working in the marketplace. The CFPBs Student Loan Ombudsman is a statutory office created within the bureau to assist consumers in resolving private student loan problems. Through this effort, the CFPB assisted hundreds of borrowers to obtain relief from their lenders.
Source: http://www.frostillustrated.com/2013/private-student-loans-no-better-than-using-a-credit-card-for-college/

Student Loans… But Only for Some

As a lender, I have no quarrel with credit underwriting methodologies that take into account, among other things, a given borrowers long-term repayment ability. But in this case, its also important to think as a taxpayer with a social conscience. In particular, I worry about adverse selection: how academically average students attending middle-of-the-road private and public institutions will have little choice but to finance their equally expensive educations with government-guaranteed loansthe same loans that may very well burden taxpayers when the borrowers are unable to find jobs that pay enough . This approach is also yet another example of a culture of disproportionality that promises to widen an already extensive gulf that exists between economic haves and have-nots. Look, there will always be demand for concierge-level education just as there is for exclusive housing, travel and healthcare.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/student-loans-only-123053293.html

Guess which students have the highest college loan debt

About 41 percent of the 4,400 students in the study left school with some level of debt. But debt burdens did not decrease steadily as students’ family income rose. The study’s author, Jason Houle, an assistant professor of sociology at Dartmouth, found that students from families earning $40,000 to $59,000 are incurring about $11,000 more in student loan debt than students from families earning less than $40,000. The lower-middle-income students also incurred more debt than students from families earning between $60,000 and $99,000. Affluent students’ debt burdens were significantly lower than those of any of the middle-class kids.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101262383

Education Department Finds Numerous Problems At Sallie Mae, Levies No Fines

Lattimer, who works as a mentor at a nonprofit Christian educational organization in Bloomington, Ind., hopes to pay off his student loans within about four years. Of his net $2,000 in monthly income, he has recently started paying $630 per month toward his $30,000 in loans. The interest rates on his loans range from 3.4% to 6.5%. The loans have taken a huge toll on his lifestyle, he says. He keeps dining out to a minimum, rents a small apartment with a roommate and plans to stay on his parents health insurance until he ages out at 26, he says. Another way Mr.
Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2013/12/11/tips-for-repaying-student-loans/

Tips for Repaying Student Loans

The Education Department told Warren that it has fined 11 companies that participate in the Federal Family Education Loan program, the bank-based lending initiative that Congress and the Obama administration ended in 2010, and collected $747,500 in penalties. Sallie Mae is not among them. In fact, the Education Department has not publicly reprimanded Sallie Mae for any of the alleged failings it has documented in its roughly two dozen reviews of the company over the past 10 years. Contrast what Sallie Mae has been able to get away with versus how the department treats borrowers, Loonin said. Its outrageous. The department has faced criticism for its aggressive pursuit of defaulted debt from struggling borrowers, and its deficient efforts in enrolling distressed borrowers into easier repayment plans.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/11/education-sallie-mae_n_4428048.html

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