Student Loan Default Rate Rises

When they dont get full payments on student loans, lenders can add interest, late fees and other penalties to the bill. Do the math, and its easy to see why interest alone can cause a student-loan balance to grow by thousands of dollars. Consider a graduate-degree holder who owes $55,000 on private and federal student loans and cant afford to pay any so-called nonpriority unsecured debt (which excludes some taxes but includes consumer debt such as credit-card debt and medical bills) during a Chapter 13 cases repayment period. (Payment percentage rates vary widely, but it isnt uncommon for a borrower to pay nothing.) If $45,000 of that borrowers debt is a federal loan with 6.8% interest, and the borrower didnt make any payments on those loans, the balance would grow to $60,300 after five years, said Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of, an education-finance information provider. The remaining $10,000 in private loans, with an interest rate of 10% and capitalization at the end of the bankruptcywhen accrued interest is added to the principalwould grow to $16,000, he said. That means that even without adding late penalties or collection fees, the borrowers student-loan balance would have grown to $76,300.

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In contrast, 8.2% of students from private nonprofit schools defaulted, and 13% of borrowers from public schools defaulted in the same time frame. While that data could lead to an analysis of higher education and how prepared students are to handle debt, its important to note that the overall default rate has climbed in the past decade. For loans entering repayment in 2005, 4.6% defaulted within two years, and the rate has only gone up since. The lowest two-year default rate since 1987 was 4.5% of loans in fiscal 2003, as reported recently by the Department of Education. The highest two-year default rate was 22.4% of loans that entered repayment in 1990. Managing Education Debt When borrowing for education, its important to take out manageable loans .

The basic principle is that it ties student loan rates to the bond markets. This fall, undergraduate students will pay an overall interest rate of 3.86% on their loans. It is comprised of the yield on the 10-year Treasury note on June 1, plus an additional 2.05%. Graduate students will have to pay 5.41% on loans this fall, or 3.6% over the 10-year Treasury, also on June 1. Related: Bill helps college students now, but future students to see rate hikes If rates on Treasury notes rise, so would student loan rates under the new deal. However, if interest rates were to spike, the bill makes provisions to cap the rates.

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Nasser learned a year later that her mother could have taken out a federal Parent PLUS loan at a much lower interest rate, a miscommunication that will likely cost her thousands of dollars. The Department of Education is launching a new initiative this fall to help students like Nasser avoid those types of missteps. In this case, the Obama administration will be focusing on the other end of the process: repayment. The department will soon begin proactively reaching out to struggling student borrowers to make them aware of the various federal repayment and forgiveness programs available to them. “Even as we work to bring down costs for current and future students, we have got to offer students who already have debt the chance to actually repay it,” President Obama said during a speech at the University of Buffalo in August, when he announced an array of policy initiatives to lower the cost of college.

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I am an IT professional, earn a good living at a stable position. I have a 6 month emergency fund that is not touched. I have savings, retirement .. I’ve been relatively smart for the last 20 years about finances. When I first went back to school, I thought it was a good idea to use fed loans.

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