Stepping over a line: Legitimate collection or legal harassment on student loans?

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The agency charged with monitoring such student loan bankruptcy declarations is facing concerns that its tactics have grown ruthless. Bankruptcy experts say that the group is wasting judicial resources because it brings legal challenges to those few who are desperate enough to seek bankruptcy relief. Questions: 1. What is the name of this agency? Which… Read more »

Program at a Standstill!

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According to Mother Jones, in 10 months, the Trump administration has yet to approve a single claim to help defrauded students of such for-profit colleges as Corinthian or ITT. Questions: 1. Who is now calling on the Department of Education to resume helping students who borrowed loans from the fraudulent for-profit colleges? 2. Approximately how… Read more »

Repealing an effective policy without immediate replacement? Good idea?

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In June, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges. However, data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules were more effective at shutting down bad college programs than even the… Read more »

Changes Coming!

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According to the Associated Press, Federal regulators recently announced new rules governing the prepaid debit card industry. It’s a big change more than two years in the making that’s expected to bring some basic account protections to its customers, who are often financially disadvantaged. Questions: 1. How much money was loaded on prepaid cards in… Read more »

Litigation Finance

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This article discusses the trend of litigation finance, where individuals and companies are turning to private companies to front the money for legal costs in expensive litigation. Despite having in-house counsel, even larger companies are selling off pieces of lawsuits to improve cash flow and reduce risk. Questions: 1. Between 2013 and 2014, how much… Read more »

Incredible Law School Debt

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The median LSAT score of students admitted to Florida Coastal School of Law was among the lowest 25% nationwide. Despite the fact that the average debt of the 2014 graduating class had $163,000 in debt, may not pass the bar, and probably cannot repay the debt, this school is one of six for-profit law schools… Read more »

Fueling Both the Upside and Downside

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In the wake of the financial crisis, HUD established the Dirtressed Asset Stabilization Program. Unfortunately, this program has allowed many of these loans to be sold to hedge funds and private equity firms, rather than nonprofits. Questions: 1. What have the private equity firms done that Senator Warren is rallying against? 2. How many distressed… Read more »

New Mortgage Rules for Those with Student Debt

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New rules could make it tougher to qualify for a low down payment mortgage from the Federal Housing Administration, particularly with respect to down payment gifts and deferments associated with student loans. Questions: 1. What is the role of debt-to-income ratios in this story, as they related to student loans? 2. What is the old… Read more »

New Student Loan Default Study

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New data suggests that many popular perceptions of student debt are incorrect. The huge run-up in loans and the subsequent spike in defaults have not been driven by $100,000 debts incurred by students at expensive private colleges. Instead, they are driven by $8,000 loans at for-profit colleges and, to a lesser extent, community colleges. Borrowing… Read more »

More Woes in Greece

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Greece will close its banks on Monday to try to avert financial collapse. The anticipated closure is expected to last about a week. This temporary decision was made along with keeping the stock market closed on Monday after the European Central Bank said it would not expand an emergency loan program to prop up Greek… Read more »