Student loan servicers and providers of campus financial product were the focus of remarks given yesterday by Director Cordray at the Ohio College Presidents’ Conference. Director Cordray stated that the CFPB estimates that...more
The Washington State Attorney General recently filed an action in state court against a student loan debt adjustment firm and its individual principal alleging that the firm charged illegal fees and failed to provide required...more
A Presidential Memorandum titled the "Student Aid Bill of Rights," issued last week by President Obama, calls for the creation of a new complaint system for federal student loans. This proposal is likely to result in...more
As a follow up to a January 2014 meeting with private student loan lenders and servicers convened by Director Cordray and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the CFPB sent letters last week to certain “market participants”...more
In a new blog post, the CFPB provides credit reporting advice to service-disabled veterans who take advantage of federal student loan forgiveness available from the Department of Education for veterans who receive a 100...more
The CFPB released its third Annual Report of the Student Loan Ombudsman, Rohit Chopra, discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints....more
We previously wrote about the June 2014 Brookings Institution report which suggested that charges coming from various quarters, including the CFPB, that student loan debt is causing young adults to postpone home ownership are...more
This past May, we wrote about the $60 million Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) settlement announced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (ED) with a major student loan servicer and expressed...more
Two recent articles highlight how student loan debt is often the subject of distorted reporting.
An article from Hamilton Place Strategies observed that news stories often include anecdotal stories about families...more
According to a new blog post about “secret banking contracts” by Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, the CFPB is sending letters to colleges and universities “to make sure they know that their bank partner has...more
A new report from The Vanguard Group disagrees with those who seek to draw comparisons between the current level of student debt and the level of mortgage debt that led to the housing crisis.
Titled “No bubble to...more
We recently wrote about a new Brookings Institution report which suggested that charges coming from various quarters, including the CFPB, that student loan debt is causing young adults to postpone home ownership are...more
The charge that student loan debt is causing young adults to postpone home ownership has come from various quarters, including the CFPB. However, two new studies, one the subject of an article released earlier this year and...more
President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum last Monday directing the Secretary of Education to issue regulations that allow additional students to take advantage of a program to cap their student loan payments at 10...more
Last Wednesday, the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Banking Committee held separate hearings about student loans. Interestingly, the CFPB was represented in only one of the hearings.
The Senate Budget Committee...more
Not only student loan servicers, but all companies, particularly those subject to the CFPB’s supervisory authority, face new compliance risk under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (the “SCRA”) as a result of the stunning...more
As we reported last month, the Department of Education (DOE), with active CFPB participation, is currently engaged in a negotiated rulemaking process that is considering, among other things, revisions to the DOE’s Title IV’s...more
ITT Educational Services, the defendant in the CFPB’s first enforcement action against a for-profit education company, has filed a motion seeking dismissal of the CFPB’s complaint. Filed this past February in an Indiana...more
The CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman has released a report entitled “Mid-year update on student loan complaints” that highlights issues related to co-signers of private student loans. In particular, the report focuses on...more
Later this week, on March 1, the CFPB’s final rule defining larger participants of the student loan servicer market becomes effective.
We expect the CFPB to immediately begin examining entities that qualify as larger...more
In November 2013, the CFPB sent a letter to private student loan servicers asking them for information about their practices for handling extra payments from borrowers (i.e., payments in excess of the minimum amount due)....more
In written testimony for his appearance before the House Financial Services Committee yesterday, CFPB Director Cordray advised that the CFPB has received “thousands of student loan complaints.” When we sorted the student loan...more
Private student loan lenders and servicers who met last week with CFPB Director Cordray, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Acting Deputy Treasury Secretary Mary Miller got the “memo” that the regulators think they should...more
In a Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 27, 2013, ITT Educational Services, Inc. disclosed that it has received a CFPB “early warning” letter stating that the CFPB’s Enforcement Office is considering recommending that...more
Four Senate Democrats (Senators Boxer, Warren, Durbin and Reed) recently introduced a bill entitled the “Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights.” On March 1, 2014, the CFPB will begin overseeing servicers of federal and private...more