Loan programs

Proposal would add intent standard for borrowers applying for loan relief

Department of Education proposal would require student borrowers demonstrate an intent on the part of their college to mislead or deceive in order to get loan relief through borrower-defense claims.

Likely end of Perkins Loans sets off scramble by aid administrators

Campus officials say elimination of program won’t simplify aid system, as proponents claim, but will likely lead many students to take out private loans.

New federal data on student borrowing, repayment and default

Borrowers, especially those who attend less selective institutions or who drop out, increasingly struggle to pay back loans.

Students waiting on borrower-defense claims face challenges with credit, obstacles to education

For those who took out loans to attend for-profit institutions accused of fraud and abuse, delays from Education Department in reviewing loan-forgiveness claims are salt in the wounds. Inside Higher Ed spoke to several of those borrowers.

Report suggests student debt doesn't always stop home buyers

Federal Reserve Bank of New York study suggests student loans don't play a major role in limiting borrowers' ability to buy a home later.

Consensus forms on loan policies among conservative thinkers

Right-leaning policy thinkers push agenda to simplify loan system, inject bigger role for private lenders. But proposals to eliminate PLUS loans likely to draw opposition from advocacy groups.

College admission counselors raise concerns over packaging of PLUS loans to students' parents

Admissions counselors raise concerns over some colleges packaging PLUS loans in financial aid award letters, possibly misleading families about cost of attendance.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plays outsize role as regulator of for-profits and loan servicers

As second longtime target collapses and enforcement actions pile up, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau becomes key regulator of student loan industry and for-profit higher ed.

U.S. plans to let some colleges experiment with required counseling for borrowers

Education Department will let some colleges experiment with required loan counseling, which some hope will discourage overborrowing.

Proportion of college graduates with 'excessive' debt is growing

An analysis finds a steady rise in the proportion of college graduates paying too high a percentage of their annual income to repay student loan debt.


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