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The Nuts and Bolts of Reauthorization

As most in higher education are aware, Congress is currently working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), the seminal legislation that created and governs the administration of the federal...more

One More Reason the New Budget Act Is Good for the Government, and Here’s a Hint: It Relates to the TCPA!

Anyone paying attention to goings-on in Washington last week might have heard a loud, bipartisan sigh of relief when both the House and the Senate passed a budget deal that temporarily averted another government shutdown or...more

Significant Exception to TCPA Likely to Pass

Congress is about to pass the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. The budget agreement includes significant amendments to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. As proposed, the TCPA will soon permit autodialed calls to cell...more

Alert: Pending Rulemaking Likely to Expand Borrower Defenses Against Repaying Federal Direct Loans

The US Department of Education (ED) is preparing for a new rulemaking that is intended to clarify—and very likely expand—the ability of student borrowers to be relieved of the obligation to repay their Federal Direct Loans....more

The Four Cornerstones: Regulatory Focus Sharpens on Student Loan Servicing Industry

We have previously written about recent regulatory focus on the student loan servicing industry. In particular, we discussed the issuance of a 151-page report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) titled...more

CFPB Releases Annual Report on Student Loan Complaints

On October 14, the CFPB released its annual report of the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman, which analyzes consumer complaints submitted from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015 and provides an examination of issues raised...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman highlights FFELP loans in fourth annual report

The CFPB released its fourth Annual Report of the Student Loan Ombudsman discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private and federal student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints. (The...more

Barbarians at the (marble)gate?

Restructurings are all about alternatives. It is one thing for a creditor to hold an instrument that entitles it to payment of $X on Y date. But if the debtor does not have the cash to satisfy the obligation when due, some...more

CFPB Issues Statement Following Reports of Widespread Student Loan Servicing Failures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently focused its attention on the student loan industry following alleged widespread servicing failures reported by borrowers and found by the CFPB's examinations and...more

Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2014. This marks the first time the DOJ...more

Interagency task force issues recommendations on federal student loan servicing contracts

Pursuant to a March 2015 Presidential directive, an interagency task force consisting of the Department of the Treasury, Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, and Domestic Policy Council has issued...more

CFPB seeks information on income-driven student loan repayment plans

In a new blog post, the CFPB tells borrowers, that in response to its solicitation of borrower “stories” about problems with student loans, it has heard “about problems related to enrolling in income-driven repayment plans...more

CFPB announces lawsuits against student loan debt relief companies

On December 11, the CFPB announced lawsuits against two student loan debt relief companies alleged to have deceived borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal student loan repayment benefits that are available for free....more

New Paper On the Merits of a Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree

On September 17, 2014, the Progressive Policy Institute issued a new paper entitled “Give Our Kids a Break: How Three-Year Degrees Can Cut College Costs.” The paper, written by Paul Weinstein Jr. who, in addition to being a...more

New Legislation Introduced to Allow Discharge of Private Student Debt

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) reported in 2012 that U.S. borrowers are burdened by more than $1 trillion in student debt, including over $150 billion of private student loans. According to TransUnion,...more

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