CFPB Corrects Student Loan Report


On August 29, the CFPB released an updated and corrected report on private student loans. Although the updated report provides the same findings and recommendations as the original report, the revised report attempts to address concerns about some of the study’s methodologies. The CFPB’s summary of updates states that the new report includes revised methodologies for determining the extent to which private student loan borrowers exhausted their Federal Stafford Loan options before taking on a private student loan and the extent to which private student loans were originated without certification of borrower need by the institution of higher education. Specifically, the revised report provides updated results showing a higher percentage of students who took out a private loan without exhausting the individual Stafford maximum, and a higher level of school certification of private loans.