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Media reports on student loan debt: distortions abound

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

Another report debunks comparison between student debt and mortgage loan crisis

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

More on the debate over the impact of student loan debt on home ownership

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

New studies challenge CFPB claims that student loan debt is discouraging homeownership

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

Cordray Discusses Student Loans at Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making

Director Cordray spoke at the Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making this week, addressing student loan debt as a “pressing problem and a matter of grave importance to public policy in America.”...more

CFPB issues Snapshot of older consumers and mortgage debt

The CFPB’s Office for Older Americans released a report this month reviewing mortgage debt held by older consumers—individuals age 65 and older. The report found that older consumers are carrying more mortgage debt into...more

Student Loan Debt – The Exception to the Bankruptcy Fresh Start

You file bankruptcy to eliminate your debt. However the “fresh start” promise of bankruptcy is often not fully realized due to the fact that student loan debt is usually not eliminated in bankruptcy. Bankruptcy will allow...more

CFPB Announces Student Loan Debt Toolkit

On August 28, the CFPB announced the launch of a toolkit for use by school districts and other public service organizations in assisting employees repay student loan debt. The CFPB also asked such employers to pledge to...more

Bar President: 3Ls Should Get Paid for Internships  [Video]

June 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- John Thies, outgoing president for the Illinois State Bar Association, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his organization's report on the impact of law school debt on the delivery of...more

CFPB Issues Report, Holds Field Hearing On Student Loan Relief Policy Options

On May 8, the CFPB issued a report regarding student loan affordability and related policy issues. The report summarizes and analyzes public responses to the CFPB’s request for information and discusses policy options for...more

Law School Applications Crater [Video]

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Law school applications appear to be headed for a 30-year low. Based on applications so far for Fall 2013, experts expect there will be about 54,000 applicants -- that's about half the number that...more

Dean: There's No Oversupply of Lawyers [Video]

Jan. 4 (Bloomberg Law) -- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 74,000 new lawyer jobs this decade, while American law schools will produce more than 400,000 graduates. Despite those numbers, "it's not...more

Are Student Loans Community Property? Dividing Debt in Divorce

Americans owe nearly $1 trillion dollars in student loan debt. As of 2010, student loans have even surpassed credit card debt, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. With student loan debt being so common, many...more

Dean: There's No Oversupply of Lawyers [Video]

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 74,000 new lawyer jobs this decade, while American law schools will produce more than 400,000 graduates. Despite those numbers, "it's not clear to me there's an...more

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