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Dept. of Education proposes disclosure of pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV aid for student...

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The Department of Education, in an issue paper submitted as part of negotiated rulemaking on its final “borrower defense” rule, is proposing to require schools that use pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action...more

Collection of ITT student debt barred in class action settlement

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The saga of ITT Educational Services, Inc. appears to be drawing closer to an end, with ITT’s bankruptcy trustee and attorneys for former ITT students entering into a proposed class action settlement that would permanently...more

Department of Justice: Massachusetts’s Claims Against PHEAA Preempted By Federal Law

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On Monday, January 8, 2018, the United States Department of Justice weighed in with a Statement of Interest under 28 U.S.C. § 517 in a pending state-court action (No. 1784CV02682) brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...more

Washington, D.C. Amends Student Loan Servicing Regulations

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The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) has announced a change to the way it calculates a controversial annual assessment fee on student loan servicer licensees. ...more

CFPB releases report on college credit card agreements

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The CFPB released its sixth annual report to Congress on college credit card agreements.  The annual report is mandated by the CARD Act. ...more

Federal Circuit Partially Lifts Ban on Education Department’s Default Collection Efforts; Court of Federal Claims Orders...

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has partially lifted a preliminary injunction that prevented the U.S. Department of Education (Department) from placing defaulted student loans with private collection...more

Federal Reserve Settles with Pennsylvania Bank Over Alleged Deceptive Student Lending Practices

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On December 6, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it entered into a consent order with a Pennsylvania bank ordering it to cease and desist deceptive student lending practices, and assessing millions of dollars in...more

ED rebuffs Congressional plea to reinstate terminated CFPB MOUs

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The Department of Education (ED) has apparently declined a request by 39 members of Congress to reinstate the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between ED and the CFPB. ...more

Illinois lawmakers override governor’s veto of student loan servicing bill

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The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have voted to override the veto by the state’s Republican governor of Senate Bill 1351, known as the Illinois Student Loan Servicing Rights Act. ...more

FTC settles Section 5 claims against company promoting schools to military servicemembers

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The FTC has entered a proposed consent order with Victory Media, Inc. (VMI) to settle the FTC’s charges that VMI violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in deceptive acts or practices in connection with its promotion of...more

D.C. belatedly releases Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers

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The District of Columbia Student Loan Ombudsman Establishment and Servicing Regulation Act of 2016 (Servicing Act) became effective February 18, 2017. The Servicing Act set an October 1 deadline for the Student Loan...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman issues sixth annual report

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The CFPB has released the sixth annual report of the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman containing an analysis of approximately 12,900 federal student loan complaints, 7,700 private student loan complaints, and 2,300 debt collection...more

FTC announces coordinated enforcement initiative with state AGs targeting student loan debt relief providers

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Last Friday, as expected, the FTC announced the launch of a coordinated federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief companies. ...more

FTC targets student loan debt relief companies

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A recent flurry of FTC enforcement activity targeting companies offering student loan debt relief services suggests such companies could be the subject of the announcement scheduled for tomorrow “of a major coordinated...more

California and Washington, D.C. issue student loan servicing regulations

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California and the District of Columbia have recently released regulations under their respective student loan servicing laws. Each is taking comments on its regulations, but whereas California has merely issued proposed...more

Director Cordray Invites Secretary DeVos to Resurrect CFPB-ED Cooperation

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray has responded to the letter from the Department of Education (ED) terminating the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between the agencies....more

ED Rebukes CFPB “Abuse” with Termination of MOUs, Announces Expansion of Internal Oversight

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The Department of Education (ED) recently delivered a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) providing notice of its intent to terminate the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between the agencies. The...more

Illinois student loan servicing bill vetoed

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Senate Bill 1351, known as the Illinois Student Loan Bill of Rights, was vetoed at the end of last week by the state’s Republican Governor.  The bill would have created a student loan ombudsman and implemented new...more

CFPB Files Complaint Against Private Equity Firm for Predatory Lending Practices for Student Loans

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On August 17, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it filed a complaint ?and proposed settlement ?against an Oregon private equity firm and related entities for aiding a post-secondary...more

CFPB releases state-level data on student debt impact on older borrowers

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The CFPB has released a new report, “Older consumers and student loan debt by state.” The new report is intended to be a supplement to the CFPB’s January 2017 “Snapshot” report that contained statistics on the growing number...more

CFPB files amicus brief in support of Education Dept. appeal seeking to overturn preliminary injunction barring student loan...

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The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in support of the Department of Education’s appeal asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to vacate a preliminary injunction entered by the Court of Federal Claims that...more

D.C. accepting student loan servicer license applications; CT adopts student loan servicing standards

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D.C. License Applications. The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking recently started to accept applications and transition fillings for a Student Loan Servicer License on the National Mortgage...more

CFPB issues reports on student loan repayment and repayment assistance programs

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The CFPB has issued two new reports concerning student loans. The first report, “CFPB Data Point: Student Loan Repayment,” examines how the payment patterns of student loan borrowers have changed over the last 14 years. The...more

D.C. Adds Student Loan Servicer License to NMLS

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On August 10, 2017, the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking started accepting applications and transition fillings for the Student Loan Servicer License and Student Loan Servicer Branch...more

Minnesota Supreme Court rules schools needed lending license to make student loans

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The Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled that two for-profit postsecondary education schools had charged usurious interest rates on student loans and could not charge rates greater than 8% without obtaining a lending...more

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