March 30, 2020
| By Joel Lyons | Good Morning America
With the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States and crippling the economy, Congress moved quickly to approve a $2 trillion relief bill, which President Donald Trump soon signed. Included in the bill is relief for borrowers of certain types of student loans -- they'll see their interest frozen and payments suspended through at least Sept. 30.
March 27, 2020
| By Megan Leonhardt | CNBC
“Lenders who charge extremely high rates don’t have a lot of incentive to care whether customers succeed on their loans or not because they make so much money on interest, they can lose the principal and still make money,” Borné says.
March 26, 2020
| By Katie Lobosco | CNN
The Center for Responsible Lending is concerned that some federal student loan borrowers will be left out under the draft bill. It applies to those with federally held loans and excludes private loans, as well as some federally guaranteed loans -- likely including some disbursed prior to 2008.
March 19, 2020
| By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | Washington Post
Nelnet, one of the largest student loan-servicing companies, is gearing up to become a bank, a prospect that has consumer groups concerned.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. this week approved the firm’s application to form an industrial loan company, a state-chartered bank that can operate nationally with minimal federal oversight. The decision clears the way for the launch of Nelnet Bank, which will operate exclusively online. According to the company, the bank will focus on education lending but also offer consumer loans and refinance options.
February 9, 2020
| By Reggie Wade | Yahoo Finance
According to the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), 70% of the people who graduated from college in 2016 have student loan debt with an average of $30,000 — and the problem gets worse for communities of color, says Ashley Harrington, federal advocacy director at the Center for Responsible Lending. “We definitely think we have to do something about this crisis,” Harrington told Yahoo Finance’s YFi PM.
January 24, 2020
| By Evan Weinberger | Bloomberg Law
Those directives are likely to make it harder for the CFPB to deploy the abusiveness standard, said Will Corbett, director of litigation at the Center for Responsible Lending. “The CFPB is deliberately tying the hands of its enforcement and supervision of abusive acts practices,” he said.
January 17, 2020
| By Kathleen Struck | Voice of America
Ashley Harrington, senior policy counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending, celebrated the decision, but said student debt that impacts low-income and minority borrowers more than any others should be addressed long before debtors end up with interest-bloated loans. “
September 6, 2019
| By Charlene Crowell | Special to the Richmond Free Press
Anyone who struggles with the rising costs of living knows all too well how hard it is to try stretching dollars when there’s more month than money in the household. Predatory lending, like payday and car-title loans, worsen financial stress with triple-digit interest rates that deepen the debt owed with each renewal. The irony is that many payday loan borrowers who needed just a few hundred dollars wind up owing thousands. And any loan whose accrued interest exceeds the principal borrowed is truly predatory.
September 6, 2019
| By Chris Arnold | NPR WAMU
At its heart, the new Trump administration plan for the home loan market aims to change the rules for the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The two companies are the bedrock foundation for home mortgages in the U.S.
The government created them decades ago to provide a federally backed guarantee on loans to ensure that money would always be available for responsible, qualified homebuyers to get mortgages. They later became largely private companies but have been under government control since the financial crisis.
September 5, 2019
| By By Jim Tankersley, Alan Rappeport and Lola Fadulu | The New York Times
The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited plan to end federal control of two mortgage giants that had been bailed out by taxpayers during the 2008 financial crisis and return them to the private sector.