John L. Culhane, Jr.

John L. Culhane, Jr.

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California Enacts New Licensing Requirements for Student Loan Servicers

Student loan servicers located in California servicing loans made to residents of any state and those located elsewhere servicing loans made to California residents will be subject to a new licensing requirement created by...more

10/10/2016 - Borrowers CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Financial Services Industry Licensing Rules Student Loans Students

CFPB discusses handling of student loan partial prepayments by servicers

In a new blog post by Student Loan Ombudsman Seth Frotman, the CFPB discusses its concerns regarding how student loan servicers may be responding to borrowers seeking to make partial prepayments on their student loans and...more

9/29/2016 - Banking Sector Borrowers CFPB Consumer Financial Products Financial Services Industry Loan Servicer Ombudsman Payment Terms Private Student Loans Student Loans Students

CFPB highlights impact of student debt on communities of color

In a new blog post, the CFPB states that recent research “underscores the disproportionate impact of student debt on communities of color.” According to the CFPB, federal government data shows that over 90 percent of...more

9/20/2016 - Banking Sector Borrowers CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Minorities Student Loans Students

CFPB enters into consent order with for-profit college owner

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with Bridgepoint Education, Inc., the owner of two for-profit colleges, to settle charges that the company’s representatives engaged in deceptive acts or practices...more

9/13/2016 - CFPB Civil Monetary Penalty Colleges Consent Order Consumer Financial Products Educational Institutions For Profit Colleges For Profit Education Student Loans Students Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Dept. of Education announces federal student loan policy direction

The Department of Education has released a memorandum to provide policy direction for the new federal student loan “state-of-the-art loan servicing ecosystem” that the ED is currently procuring. According to the memorandum,...more

7/26/2016 - Department of Education Federal Student Loans Student Loans Students

Department of Education invites comments on new complaint online system

The Department of Education has published a notice in the Federal Register inviting comments on its plans to create a new Web site by July 1, 2016 for students and borrowers to file complaints about federal student loans. The...more

12/15/2015 - Comment Period Complaint Procedures Department of Education Federal Student Loans Students

CFPB update on student loan complaints continues to highlight co-signer release issues

The CFPB has issued a “Mid-year update on student loan complaints” that analyzes the approximately 3,100 private student loan complaints received by the CFPB betweenOctober 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. The update also analyzes...more

6/24/2015 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Consumer Lenders Cosigners Debt Collection Default Information Reports Releases Student Loans Students

U.S. Dept. of Education proposes new restrictions on campus financial products

The U.S. Department of Education has issued proposed revisions to its Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) cash management rules that include significant new restrictions on financial products used to disburse credit balance...more

5/22/2015 - Colleges Consumer Financial Contracts Consumer Financial Products Department of Education Higher Education Act Proposed Amendments Students Universities

U.S. Department of Education Proposes New Restrictions on Campus Financial Products

The U.S. Department of Education has issued proposed revisions to its Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) cash management rules that include significant new restrictions on financial products used to disburse credit balance...more

5/21/2015 - Colleges Consumer Lenders Department of Education Financial Aid Higher Education Act Proposed Amendments Students Universities

CFPB to hold May 14 field hearing on student debt

The CFPB has announced that on May 14, 2015, it will hold a field hearing in Milwaukee on student debt. Similar to other field hearings, Director Cordray will give remarks and witnesses will include members of consumer...more

4/30/2015 - Administrative Hearings CFPB Consumer Lenders Student Loans Students

White House Issues Student Aid Bill of Rights

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

3/24/2015 - Barack Obama Consumer Complaint System Federal Student Aid Student Loans Students

CFPB proposes scorecard for colleges seeking to partner with financial institutions

The CFPB has issued a request for information (RFI) in which it seeks comments on a draft “Safe Student Account Scorecard” to be used by colleges and universities to obtain information from prospective financial institution...more

1/15/2015 - CFPB Colleges Consumer Financial Products Financial Institutions Request For Information Students Universities

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Files Third Annual Report Highlighting Bureau’s Hot Button Issues in Student Lending

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

10/21/2014 - CFPB Fair Lending Information Reports Ombudsman Student Loans Students

Senator Crapo raises concerns with Department of Education campus financial product rulemaking

Republican Senator Mike Crapo, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter last week to Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan to raise several concerns with the...more

8/19/2014 - Colleges Financial Products Students Title IV Universities

Department of Education proposal on campus financial products expected in July

We recently commented that financial institutions offering financial products to college students, including debit or prepaid cards, under agreements with colleges should be planning now for the possible advent of new...more

6/24/2014 - Colleges Debit Cards Disclosure Requirements DOE Financial Products Prepaid Payment Products Students Title IV Universities

Obama takes action to increase assistance to student borrowers

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

6/18/2014 - Student Loans Students

DOE rulemaking on student aid disbursement reported to be stalled

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

5/15/2014 - Department of Education Federal Student Aid Student Loans Students Title IV

For-profit education company sued by CFPB seeks dismissal of complaint

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

5/1/2014 - CFPB Colleges Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Itt Educational Services Student Loans Students UDAAP

CFPB Finalizes Rule To Supervise Student Loan Servicers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule allowing it to supervise nonbank servicers of private and federal student loans who qualify as “larger participants” in the student loan servicing market. The...more

12/4/2013 - CFPB Loan Servicing Nonbank Firms Student Loans Students

Chopra highlights student loan repayment plans

Earlier this week, Rohit Chopra, CFPB Assistant Director and Student Loan Ombudsman, spoke to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis about student loan debt. As he has on other occasions, Mr. Chopra referred to $1.2 trillion...more

11/22/2013 - CFPB Payment Plans Student Loans Students

CFPB findings on campus banking products portend new limitations

Findings on campus banking products released this past Monday by the CFPB in conjunction with a Banking on Campus Forum held in Washington, D.C. appear to be a harbinger of new limitations on the marketing of these products....more

10/2/2013 - Banks CFPB Colleges Marketing Students Universities

CFPB to hold September 30 forum on financial products marketed to college students

On September 30, 2013, the CFPB will hold a forum in Washington, D.C. on financial products marketed to college students....more

8/30/2013 - CFPB Financial Products Student Loans Students

CFPB issues new report on private student loan complaints

The CFPB has issued a “Mid-year snapshot of private student loan complaints” that discusses issues raised in the 2,002 complaints the CFPB received from October 2012 through March 2013....more

8/7/2013 - Borrowers CFPB SCRA Student Loans Students

Federal Banking Agencies Encourage Student Loan Forbearance

Federal bank regulators are recognizing the plight of student loan borrowers who are unemployed or underemployed and may not be able to begin repaying their private student loan debt shortly after leaving school....more

7/31/2013 - Banks Forbearance Agreements GAAP Student Loans Students

CFPB seeking information for a “student loan affordability plan”

Perhaps with the Obama administration’s “Making Home Affordable” plan in mind, the CFPB announced last week that it was taking the first step to develop a “student loan affordability plan” by issuing a Notice and Request for...more

2/28/2013 - CFPB Student Loans Students

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