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August 30, 2022 | By Jessica Dickler | CNBC
Now that the Biden administration has wiped out hundreds of billions of dollars in education debt and proposed a new income-driven repayment plan that could cut monthly payments in half for undergraduate loans, many borrowers will have lower monthly payments, or none at all. This “gives borrowers a chance to achieve their goals,” said Jaylon Herbin, a policy and outreach manager at the Center for Responsible Lending. That’s particularly true for women and Black borrowers, who carry higher balances after graduating, he said.
August 27, 2022 | By Nathaniel Lee | NBC

"For folks who have higher debt loads, they're actually getting their wages garnished or seized at really high rates," according to Lucia Mattox, senior policy manager at the Center for Responsible Lending. "Currently at the federal level, only $217.50 is protected in someone's weekly paycheck and that bill hasn't been updated since the late '60s."

August 26, 2022 | By The Philadelphia Tribune

“This is the first step in overhauling our federal student aid system and understanding that the student debt crisis has been a drastic burden from many people, especially people of color,” said Jaylon Herbin, outreach associate and policy manager for the Center for Responsible Lending.

August 25, 2022 | By Basil John | WRBL CBS

Center for Responsible Lending Policy and Outreach Manager Jaylon Herbin had 60,000 dollars in loans. “Yesterday’s announcement alleviated about 10,000 dollars worth but there’s still a lot that I still have to pay off,” Herbin said. Herbin supports more loan forgiveness and he’s not alone. A recent NewsNation poll found 64 percent of Americans are at least somewhat supportive of forgiving up to 100 thousand dollars of student debt. “50,000 dollars would’ve eliminated about 76% of the borrowers student debt,” Herbin said.

August 25, 2022 | By Evan Santiago | The Charlotte Observer
The Center for Responsible Lending says that there are 1.3 million borrowers in North Carolina who owe a collective amount of $48 billion, the Observer reported. Biden’s plan will alleviate a large portion of debt for a significant amount of Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents, according to most recent U.S. Census Bureau data and criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Education.
August 25, 2022 | By Greg Iacurci | CNBC
“These changes make things more affordable for borrowers and allow borrowers to avoid default,” according to Whitney Barkley-Denney, senior policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending.
August 24, 2022 | By Jordan Stutts | American Banker
The Center for Responsible Lending and 11 other progressive groups urged U.S. regulators to reject Toronto-Dominion Bank's proposed acquisition of First Horizon Corp., arguing that the $13.4 billion deal would harm low-income communities and reduce small- business lending. In a letter to the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the groups also cited the bank's overdraft-fee practices and made the case that large bank consolidation adds to systemic risk.
August 18, 2022 | By Ken Sweet | Associated Press

“(BofA) is miles ahead of what Wells and Chase have done. Both of them did some reforms, we certainly applaud those changes, but they are still charging the $35 fee,” said Mike Calhoun, head of the Center for Responsible Lending and a long-time critic of overdraft fee practices. Calhoun sits on an advisory board that includes several other consumer advocacy groups that advised BofA on the changes.

August 18, 2022 | By Teddy Ostrow | Deutsche Welle

Taylor Roberson, federal policy counsel at consumer advocacy group Center for Responsible Lending, told DW: "One of the most positive aspects of the product has to do with the potential for consumers who pay on time to have that payment history positively recorded on their credit reports. And that's perhaps where the benefits end." Roberson explained how at present, consumers are not rewarded by credit rating agencies for paying BNPL loans on time, partly because these lenders are not required to report their data like other lenders.

August 15, 2022 | By Michael Calhoun | American Banker

Financial institutions rake in billions annually from overdraft fees. Some banks and credit unions recently have curbed or ended these fees for their customers — for which they should be commended — but many more depository institutions quietly continue overdraft practices that, at their best, nickel-and-dime consumers and, at their worst, cause devastating, lasting harm to financially vulnerable families. Overdraft charges are too important to the bottom line to expect that urging these institutions to “do the right thing” will suffice.

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