Student Loan Servicing: The Borrower’s Experience

RLPC-Rosneft loan going ahead despite UK banks’ exit – bankers
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Increases in tuition and fees over the past 30 years suggest that growth in federal subsidies such as loans and grants has done little to mitigate the college cost problem. A Better Path Forward In order to make college more affordable, federal policy should do three things: Stop the higher education spending spree; Employ fair-value accounting to understand the cost of federal student loans; and Decouple federal financing from accreditation Stop the Higher Education Spending Spree If history is any guide, continuing to increase federal subsidies will fail to drive down college costs. Some experts and economists even argue that such subsidies enable universities to raise tuition, confident that students will be able to access a virtually open spigot of federal funds. In 2014, the $33 billion Pell Grant program provided grants to 9 million college students, making it the largest share of the federal education budget. [14] Congress grew the Pell Grant program in 2007 by expanding eligibility and funding, resulting in a doubling of the number of Pell recipients since 2008. In order to control higher education spending, Pell Grant funding should be targeted to the low-income students the grants were originally intended to help. In addition, as long as the federal government finances federal student loans, it should use fair-value accounting practices to get an accurate measure of what these programs are costing taxpayers, to ensure the loans use a non-subsidizing interest rate. Fair-Value Accounting In a report released last month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) calculated that the four largest federal student loan programsSubsidized Stafford Loans, Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans, and Parent PLUS Loanswill cost taxpayers money, not result in a net gain (a negative subsidy) for the federal government as is often claimed. While the report states that the four loan programs will yield a savings of about $135 billion from 2015-24, CBO calculates in the same report that using fair-value accounting measures, the four loans would actually have a net cost of $88 billion over the next 10 years, not including administrative costs. In other words, the four largest student loan programs represent an $88 billion taxpayer-financed subsidy. [15] CBO explains the utility of using a fair-value accounting model to fully understand the cost of federal lending, noting that The government is exposed to market risk when the economy is weak because borrowers default on their debt obligations more frequently and recoveries from borrowers are lower. [16] Fair-value estimates take this market risk into account, and as a result, are a more accurate reflection of the cost of federal student loans.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.heritage.org/research/testimony/2014/06/student-loan-servicing-the-borrowers-experience

Seriously, though, your account was pretty screwed up. When the ABC News Fixer contacted them about the problem, Ocwen told us they had escalated the case and were urgently trying to fix it. The good news is you had plenty of documentation showing you had made your loan payments on time. It took about a month, but eventually Ocwen was able to get your account properly credited and remove the threat of foreclosure. Robert Kaltenbach, director of Ocwen’s office of the ombudsman, told us that everything should be fine going forward, though the company never gave us an explanation for why this happened. You said the story you got was that when they took over the loan, someone apparently inputted the terms into their system incorrectly. From there, it spiraled out of control, resulting in the supposed late payments and $7,098.75 in mysterious added “fees/expenses.” You are correct that Ocwen has had bigger troubles than this. In March, a federal judge finalized a consent judgment between Ocwen and the U.S. Consumer and Financial Protection Bureau, 49 states and the District of Columbia over allegations that Ocwen deceived consumers about their loans and engaged in illegal foreclosures. The company did not admit any wrongdoing, but it agreed to provide $2 billion in principal reduction to consumers with underwater loans and refund $127.3 million to consumers who were foreclosed upon.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/loan-company-demands-payment-family-proof-paid/story?id=23991963

As Democrats push for vote on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student loan debt refinancing bill, dozens of groups step up to endorse it | masslive.com

Even local governments can refinance their debts when interest rates are low. But most people have no options for their student loans,” Warren said in an email to supporters this week. “The idea behind this bill is simple. Last year, Republicans and Democrats came together to lower the interest rates on new undergraduate loans to 3.8%. But nothing was done for the millions of people who have older student loans at 6%, 8%, 10% and even higher interest rates. They were just stuck paying — and paying and paying.” Which is why Warren’s bill would allow people to refinance student loans under the current rates. It would also allow those who have student loan debt through private financial institutions to refinance it under the federal program, under the lower interest rates. In proposing the bill, Warren pointed to a report released by the Government Accountability Office in January which determined that based on the student loans issued between 2007 and 2012, the federal government stood to profit to the tune of $66 billion from the interest alone. “This is $66 billion on just the loans issued during that period. That is insane,” Warren previously told MassLive.com. “This (bill) brings that down.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/as_democrats_push_for_vote_on.html

How to Get Approved For a Car Loan with Bad Credit and No Cosigner? – Business Updates – Dacula, GA Patch

Get Guaranteed Approval on Pre-Approved Car Loans for Bad Credit In order to avail a loan one must know how to get approved for a car loan. A loan provider will ideally ask for the financial status of a person based on which he will sanction a loan to the applicant. In case of students there is not financial status available. In such cases the student has to be registered with a college or university and based on the chances of employment loans are given to students. There has been an increasing craze among students to become car owners. However in general students need to have pre approved auto loans for bad credit if they have to avail a loan. This is because they have no credit worthiness and banks are not ready to give them loans. However finance companies operating on the internet can give loans on the basis of their employment potential. Steps of availing a car loan with bad credit history The major steps which can show how to get pre approved for a car loan are: The loan seeker needs to find an internet based finance company that disburses pre approved car loans for bad credit. The loan seeker must also contact a lawyer who can highlight the minimal credit worthiness of the person applying for a loan.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://dacula.patch.com/groups/business-updates/p/how-to-get-approved-for-a-car-loan-with-bad-credit-and-no-cosigner

Loan Company Demands Payment, Family Has Proof They Already Paid – ABC News

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Making borrowing a crime may discourage borrowers from reporting loan-shark harassment or coming forward to seek help. In turn, this may result in an increase in loan-shark harassment. A better approach would be to partner family service centres and voluntary welfare organisations to educate the public on the dangers of borrowing from loan sharks. In Britain, some primary and secondary schools include this topic in their character and citizenship syllabus. Children are also taught the difference between debt and credit, and how to manage their money wisely. The hope is that the children can share what they have learnt with their parents, who can then make better financial decisions. Of course, parents too have a role to play in educating their children not to take part in loan-sharking activities. They can remind their children of the severity of the offences and intervene if their children display signs of involvement. TV advertisements can serve a similar warning role. Perhaps there could be a documentary where former loan-shark borrowers talk about their experiences.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-letters/story/everyone-has-role-fighting-loan-sharks-20140606

Everyone has role in fighting loan sharks

The loan was launched to banks in late November at $5 billion but progress has been slow and it was reduced to up to $2 billion in April. Bankers said the deal still has enough support from lenders to go ahead despite the loss of Lloyds, which walked away this week followed by HSBC. “All the other banks are still in the deal, I don’t think it will have any impact, we are surprised they were there in the first place,” a second banker said. In April Royal Bank of Scotland, which is 80 percent owned by the British government, also walked away from a $1 billion club loan for Russian petrochemicals company Sibur. Bankers are watching to see whether Deutsche Bank will continue to support the deal but said the lender was not under the same political pressure as British banks. Germany, which is a major importer of Russian natural gas, has often been more cautious towards Moscow than Britain, which gets most of its gas from the North Sea and Qatar. “Germany has a greater energy dependency on Russia than the UK,” the first banker said. Rosneft is relying increasingly on pre-payment loans as other sources of financing dry up for Russian companies. Many Russian bankers have acknowledged growing difficulties in raising funds due to tensions with the West and the U.S. and European Union sanctions. Rosneft took out two jumbo syndicated loans totalling $30.1 billion in late 2012 and early 2013 to finance its purchase of the TNK BP oil company.
Puedes ver la version sin traducir en http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/05/idUSL6N0OM3HS20140605

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