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September 16, 2016 | By Tanasia Kenney | Atlanta Black Star

A coalition of public-interest groups is urging the U.S. Department of Education to begin monitoring stark racial disparities when it comes to student lending. In a letter written to Education Secretary John B. King Jr., the National Consumer Law Center, along with 40 other civil rights, legal-aid and public-interest groups, requested that the government begin collecting data “to ensure that the federal student loan program is a tool that helps students of color, rather than holding them back.”

September 14, 2016 | By WCLU Radio

While the closing of I-T-T Technical Institute campuses in Lexington and Louisville has left students in the lurch, a consumer advocate says the closures are ultimately a good thing. The for-profit technical institute closed all 130 of its for-profit schools last week, leaving 35-thousand students in limbo. The move came after the U-S Department of Education banned I-T-T from accepting new students with federal education loans. Whitney Barkley-Denny with the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending says I-T-T’s priorities have been questioned for years.

September 12, 2016 | By Herb Weisbaum | NBC News

Mike Calhoun is a lawyer and president of the non-profit Center for Responsible Lending. He believes most lawyers wouldn't understand some of the more complex credit card agreements. "You shouldn't have to be a consumer law expert to engage in an ordinary consumer transaction like this," he said.

September 11, 2016 | By Michael Finney | KGO Radio

Although ITT Tech blamed its closures on August 25 Department of Education supervisory actions, the institution was facing multiple state investigations as well as other serious signs of approaching failure.

September 6, 2016 | By Ben Protess | New York Times

“These bills were popping up all over the place,” said Diane Standaert, director of state policy at the Center for Responsible Lending, adding that they were “aimed at loosening state laws that protect people from high-cost lending.”

September 3, 2016 | By Craig Jarvis | The News & Observer

Chris Kukla of the Center for Responsible Lending says Cooper’s office has been a model for other states’ financial regulation. "Over last 10 years, I can’t think of a significant consumer protection area in financial services his office hasn’t been involved in,” Kukla said.

September 3, 2016 | By Orlando Sentinel

Many Floridians who struggle to pay their bills resort to payday loans: small-dollar, high-cost cash advances that borrowers promise to repay out of their next pay check. Lower-income borrowers often wind up trapped in a cycle of debt, taking out a string of payday loans, paying high fees with each one and falling further behind financially. Payday lenders have collected more than $2.5 billion in fees from Floridians since 2005, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending.

August 28, 2016 | By Eric Wildstein | Gaston Gazette

Students who receive the Federal Stafford Loan can borrow up to $5,500 annually from the U.S. Department of Education for tuition, books and other related expenses. The loan can be repaid during the time a student is enrolled or it can be deferred, depending on several factors. The loan could even be forgiven if the student enters certain professions, dies or suffers an injury or disability.

August 26, 2016 | By Chuck Bentley | Christian Post

Payday loans are a bad idea. They should be considered "predatory loans" because too often they lead to a form of servitude for people who get trapped in excessive debt nearly impossible to repay.

August 23, 2016 | By John M. Vincent | U.S. News & World Report

“Subprime lending is inherently more expensive; it is not uncommon to see auto loan interest rates of between 25 to just shy of 30 percent,” says Chris Kukla, EVP of the Center for Responsible Lending. Unfortunately, that’s only part of the problem, as many extras are often packed on top of an inflated vehicle price.