Undergrads Around The World Face Student Loan Debt

Many of those defaulting may simply not know about the federal forbearance programs. They are paralyzed by the magnitude of the situation. Some bury their heads in the sand and hope the loan will go away, says Paul Combe of American Student Assistance, a nonprofit group that helps students plan their debt. Despite all that, a college degree is still worth it, even if you have to borrow. The median pay for a high school grad is $36,000 per year.
Source: http://www.stltoday.com/business/columns/jim-gallagher/are-student-loans-the-next-big-bust/article_b371a567-6336-51ea-913f-47242585a289.html

With education-focused interest groups and policy experts set to debate key aspects in the coming months, Chopra urged financial regulators and bankers to make their views on student debt known if they wish to deal with what he described as a repayment problem, among other issues. With some 40 million borrowers owing an average of $30,000 in student debt, according to Chopra, the stakes are high. It would be irresponsible for financial regulators and economic policymakers to ignore the existing trillion, Chopra said, in reference to unpaid student loan bills. We must resist the temptation to address these concerns solely through an education policy lens, when, in fact, they may require very significant attention from financial regulators and the financial services industry, Chopra added. The impending reauthorization of the Higher Education Act may present an opportunity for creating a better functioning student loan market. Chopra’s recommendations suggest that financial regulators, led by the CFPB, may seek greater influence over the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The Education Department, according to congressional aides and borrower advocates, usually dictates http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net the debate.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/student-loan-data_n_4299000.html

The numbers give pause since estimates show more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt exists in the US, more than Americans owe on credit cards. Yet officials and experts point out that there are various ways of accounting for how the US Department of Education runs the student loan program, and that calling this pure profit is misleading. The profit number is ultimately tallied by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and in what way the CBO chooses to account for the cost of the loan programs can differ. The CBO has traditionally used a procedure mandated in the Federal Credit Reform Act (FCRA) of 1990 to assess the costs of the governments six loan programs. The method can produce large numbers cited in news reports of late about the wild profits off student loans. But the CBO has acknowledged FCRA doesnt account for cost of market risk, or economic activities that affect if and how borrowers pay back loans.
Source: http://rt.com/usa/student-loans-government-profit-292/

The loans, which were taken out between 1990 and 1998, are likely to be sold for significantly lower than their market rate. Universities Minister David Willetts announced plans to sell the loans in March, saying the “mortgage-style” student loans will “allow us to reduce public debt and maximise the value of one of the government’s assets. A fresher at Manchester university browses books at a secondhand stall. Student loans from 1990 to 1998 will be sold to a private debt collection agency on Monday “The private sector’s expertise makes it well placed to collect this debt and the sale will also help the Student Loans Company to concentrate on providing loans to current students.” Many whose loans will be included in the sell-off took to Twitter on Sunday evening to voice concern about the plans to sell the loans to a debt collection agency. I wish there was a way I could stop them selling off the student loan book, it’s lunacy. Loooooooonacy!
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/11/24/student-loans-sell-off_n_4333887.html?ir=UK+Universities+%26+Education

“It is quite unfathomable for most Europeans that you would start your adult life tens of thousands of dollars in debt,” says Oberle, who researched higher education systems in countries such as the U.K., Hungary, Argentina and Turkmenistan for her book “College Abroad.” “People always seem stunned that the American system even sustains itself under the current conditions,” she says. While American student loan debt shows no signs of slowing down, some lawmakers are attempting to streamline the repayment process by taking a page from the U.K. [Read up on student loan repayment options in the U.S. ] Monthly student loan payments in the U.K. are automatically deducted via a payroll withholding, similar to taxes or social security in the U.S.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/20/student-loan-debt-around-the-world_n_4299782.html

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