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At last report, the US Education Department has discharged 38,000 student loans under the limited waiver program to increase Public Service Loan Forgiveness approvals. US ED does not report comprehensive data, but piecing together several reports, this looks to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2022 at Credit Slips
Education Department Secretary Cardona today announced a remarkably bold, yet sadly incomplete, emergency suspension of regulatory barriers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The Secretary is using statutory authority to suspend, temporarily, some of the needless regulatory hurdles (as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2021 at Credit Slips
Millions of heroes of the pandemic--health care workers, law enforcement and first responders, National Guard troops, public school teachers, and social workers--are suffering needless financial hardship because of student loans. Years ago Congress passed, and president Bush signed into law... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2021 at Credit Slips
In a comprehensive review of existing student loan cancellation laws, Demos, the Student Borrower Protection Center, and the UCI Student Loan Law Initiative have compiled an impressive report and road map for the incoming Administration. The roadmap authors review the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at Credit Slips
Student loan relief provisions required by the CARES Act expire on September 30. Those protections included 1) for all federal direct loans: zero interest and automatic payment forbearance, 2) credit towards IDR and PSLF forgiveness for the 6 months covered... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2020 at Credit Slips
I’m just getting around to reading a 2014 book some Creditslips readers may be familiar with, Debt: The First 5000 Years. In this utterly fascinating work, Anthropologist David Graeber exhaustively recounts the history of debt and money. He begins by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at Credit Slips
California's Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Betsy Devos challenging the failure to discharge student loans under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The suit asserts that US Ed's failure to create a simple and effective application process injures... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at Credit Slips
While the House HEROES bill's scaled-down student loan forgiveness is unlikely to become law, many essential workers are eligible for student loan cancellation now under existing law. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program covers all police, firefighters, public school teachers,... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at Credit Slips
$10 billion of CARES Act funds are going to the banks, especially megabanks, in fees for making “small” business PPP loans. The fees established by Congress, to be paid by the Small Business Administration, i.e. Treasury, range from 1% for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at Credit Slips
The success rate for Public Service Loan Forgiveness applicants has doubled. From 1% to 2%. Thinking they have completed their 10 years of payments, 140,000 student loan borrowers had applied for cancellation through February 29, and about 3,000 had received... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Credit Slips
An 11th Circuit panel ruled last week that student loan borrowers may assert state law misrepresentation claims against a student loan servicer that falsely told them their FFEL loans qualified for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. The servicer, joined by USED,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Credit Slips
The final text of the act is now available here. The foreclosure relief is in Section 4022 and the eviction moratorium is in Section 4024. Mortgage borrowers with federally related loans (FHA, VA, Farmer's Home, Fannie or Freddie) may request... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Credit Slips
The CARES Act signed into law last week suspends payments and eliminates interest accrual for all federally-held student loans for six months, through September 30. These measures exclude private loans, privately-held FFEL loans and Perkins loans. The other five subsections... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Credit Slips
The rules for student loan borrowers hoping for Public Service Loan Forgiveness are changing rapidly, and information even on Education Department and CFPB web sites is confusing and rapidly outdated. The CARES Act, section 3513, signed into law on March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at Credit Slips
More than one million public servants – nurses, soldiers, first responders, teachers—should be eligible now or soon for student loan cancellation under existing law – the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Congress and the Administration can accelerate this process now.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Credit Slips
Student loan borrowers who plan to apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) after ten years of income-based payments are simply not getting their payments counted. Between January 2012 and August 2018 nearly one million borrowers submitted an approved... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Credit Slips
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program has so far rejected roughly 99,000 out of 100,000 student loan borrower applicants. Poor Education Department oversight, poor contract design and implementation, and widespread servicing contractor failures are as much to blame as problems... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at Credit Slips
The Department of Education (USED) knew by 2016 that hundreds of thousands of student loan borrowers planning to apply for public loan service forgiveness (PSLF) were headed for rejection as they started applying in late 2017. The Department conducted a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Credit Slips
Five dollars is the contract payment the US Education Department makes to its servicer FedLoan for a borrower's first approved Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) employment certification. FedLoan is supposed to review employer certifications, track PSLF borrower payments for ten... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at Credit Slips
Twenty years after taking out student loans, white borrowers have paid 94% of their debt (at the median.) Black borrowers, on the other hand, have paid 5%. While a disturbing 20% of white borrowers defaulted on student loans at some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at Credit Slips
A remarkable new quantitative study finds that over two decades, African American home buyers in Chicago lost between $3 and $4 billion in wealth because of credit apartheid. The study authors from research centers at Duke, UIC and Loyola-Chicago reviewed... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Credit Slips
Democrats’ policy proposals have sparked a vital and overdue debate on our system to pay for post-secondary education, and how that system burdens and redistributes income. The existing system combines a small share of taxpayer funding (via the Pell Grant)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Credit Slips
While presidential candidates propose sweeping new policy initiatives, a few simple legislative fixes could go a long way to alleviate the student loan crisis. Three numbers set by Congress have a huge impact on the burden borne by millions of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at Credit Slips
An unsustainable run-up in consumer housing debt and other debt was a fundamental structural cause of the 2008 global financial c risis. Following four years of painfully slow decline, total U.S. consumer debt has now risen back above its 2008... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Credit Slips
The U.S. Education Department is doing a lousy job of overseeing the private companies servicing $1.1 TRILLION of federal student loans. That is the gist of the Inspector General's findings in a new report. Among other problems, the IG found... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Credit Slips