Student Loan Servicing: The Borrower’s Experience

Everyone has role in fighting loan sharks

Average tuition at four-year public institutions for out-of-state students reached $22,200 this academic year, and at private universities, average tuition now exceeds $30,000 annually. [3] Many students leave with a bachelors degree in hand, but burdened with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Worse still, many students leave college without graduating, burdened with debt and lacking the paper credential they had hoped would put them on a path toward middle-class stability or better. Well-intentioned federal policies have failed to drive down college costs. An easy flow of federal student aid has enabled students to take out sizeable student loans, with little if any credit check or consideration of their future earnings potential. Some have even argued that such policies have enabled universities to raise tuition, [4] creating a vicious lending and spending cycle. Increases in Federal Higher Education Subsidies Federal higher education subsidies have increased substantially over the past decade, and now represent 71 percent of all student aid. [5] Federal student loans. According to the College Board, during the 2012-13 academic year, 43 percent of all student aid was in the form of federal student loans. [6] Thirty-four percent of undergraduate students took out federal student loans that year, up from 24 percent during the 2002-03 academic year.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.heritage.org/research/testimony/2014/06/student-loan-servicing-the-borrowers-experience

RLPC-Rosneft loan going ahead despite UK banks’ exit – bankers
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While some borrowers turn to loan sharks to feed their gambling habit, there are those who do so because of a genuine financial need, such as having to pay the medical bills of a sick family member. Making borrowing a crime may discourage borrowers from reporting loan-shark harassment or coming forward to seek help. In turn, this may result in an increase in loan-shark harassment. A better approach would be to partner family service centres and voluntary welfare organisations to educate the public on the dangers of borrowing from loan sharks. In Britain, some primary and secondary schools include this topic in their character and citizenship syllabus. Children are also taught the difference between debt and credit, and how to manage their money wisely. The hope is that the children can share what they have learnt with their parents, who can then make better financial decisions. Of course, parents too have a role to play in educating their children not to take part in loan-sharking activities. They can remind their children of the severity of the offences and intervene if their children display signs of involvement.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-letters/story/everyone-has-role-fighting-loan-sharks-20140606

CDB to Loan LDK Solar $320 Million

However, thats where students can run into trouble. Since the government has passed the buck, what is a student to do if the company handling the loan messes up? You need to be vigilant What Student Loan Servicers Do The student loan servicing companies are designated by the Department of Education to collects payments, responds to customer service inquiries, and perform other administrative tasks associated with maintaining a federal student loan. Once you apply for a Federal Student loan, the Department of Education assigns your loan to one of its designated loan servicing companies. These companies will disperse the loan to your school, send your statements, and then collect your payments once you graduate. These companies are also the ones that can help with different student loan repayment plans, as well as deferment and forbearance needs. Finally, they are also the ones that will try to collect on loans that havent been paid, including reporting borrowers to the credit bureaus and seeking wage garnishments. These companies are essentially the paperwork keepers for your student loan. How Student Loan Companies CanAccidentallyHurt Borrowers Credit Scores Its the last area that these companies can really impact student loan borrowers these are the companies that report borrowers to the credit bureaus and seek repayment on student loan debt.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertfarrington/2014/06/03/is-your-student-loan-servicer-ruining-your-credit/

Is Your Student Loan Servicer Ruining Your Credit? – Forbes

“Right now, homeowners can do it. Businesses can do it. Even local governments can refinance their debts when interest rates are low. But most people have no options for their student loans,” Warren said in an email to supporters this week. “The idea behind this bill is simple. Last year, Republicans and Democrats came together to lower the interest rates on new undergraduate loans to 3.8%. But nothing was done for the millions of people who have older student loans at 6%, 8%, 10% and even higher interest rates. They were just stuck paying — and paying and paying.” Which is why Warren’s bill would allow people to refinance student loans under the current rates. It would also allow those who have student loan debt through private financial institutions to refinance it under the federal program, under the lower interest rates. In proposing the bill, Warren pointed to a report released by the Government Accountability Office in January which determined that based on the student loans issued between 2007 and 2012, the federal government stood to profit to the tune of $66 billion from the interest alone.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/as_democrats_push_for_vote_on.html

As Democrats push for vote on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student loan debt refinancing bill, dozens of groups step up to endorse it | masslive.com

The company has lost a huge amount of marketshare and its billion dollar poly plant remains shut, as it is not economically viable. Improvement in technology has made this plant obsolete and the company has not been generating profits. The companys share were delisted from NYSE and the company sold equity stakes to Chinese state funds for a pittance, as it was desperate to raise cash to run operations. NoteSuntech(STP) has already become bankrupt, with most of its assets sold to Shunfeng. Bankruptcy in China remains a hazy process as state owned funds keep running even zombie companies to protect jobs. LDK Solar (NYSEARCA:TAN)was the largest solar wafer producer and had diversified into all parts of the supply chain. But increasing competition from the like of GCL Poly eroded its competitive position and its huge pile of debt made operations almost impossible.$64 millionof the loan will be used to resurrect the dead poly plant that LDK had built over the last 3-4 years. The plant never ran to even half of its capacity as price of poly went below $20/kg. LDK had no money to improve the equipment. I think it is a bad move on the part of the banks to pour more money into a company that has already defaulted on $3 billion of debt. The company should be sold off to other more capable companies, which can make use of the capital equipment.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.wallstreetsectorselector.com/investment-articles/analyst-desk/2014/06/cdb-loan-ldk-solar-320-million/

Moscow denies the charges but Rosneft chief Igor Sechin has been hit by U.S. sanctions as part of a broader move to punish Russia for its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The loan was launched to banks in late November at $5 billion but progress has been slow and it was reduced to up to $2 billion in April. Bankers said the deal still has enough support from lenders to go ahead despite the loss of Lloyds, which walked away this week followed by HSBC. “All the other banks are still in the deal, I don’t think it will have any impact, we are surprised they were there in the first place,” a second banker said. In April Royal Bank of Scotland, which is 80 percent owned by the British government, also walked away from a $1 billion club loan for Russian petrochemicals company Sibur. Bankers are watching to see whether Deutsche Bank will continue to support the deal but said the lender was not under the same political pressure as British banks. Germany, which is a major importer of Russian natural gas, has often been more cautious towards Moscow than Britain, which gets most of its gas from the North Sea and Qatar. “Germany has a greater energy dependency on Russia than the UK,” the first banker said.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/05/idUSL6N0OM3HS20140605

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