Student Loan Book Worth £890m Sold For £160m, Government Confirms

Obama student loan plan forgiveness District of Columbia* – $ 28,241 52% of students have debt. *Yes, we realize this technically isn’t a state. 10. New Jersey – $ 27,610 64% of students have debt. 11.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/20/student-loan-debt-around-the-world_n_4299782.html

“For some, this payment may not seem too bad,” the 25-year-old Livonia resident said. “But for me, it is a huge monthly payment; it is pretty much a car payment or half of rent. “It was especially difficult at first because I was unable to find full-time employment after college, yet I had to start paying my loans six months after I graduated. So there I was, working two part-time jobs and trying to pay off my loans, which eventually forced me to apply for deferment.” After two years of seeking full-time employment, Wilk said, she was able to land an entry-level job unrelated to her degree in communications. Now it is slightly less difficult to make those payments, but certainly not the easiest,” she said. “I have cut back on a lot of spending and only buy the necessities.” Loan rates expected to rise A report issued in mid-August by the Department of Education shows that 57% of students received some sort of federal aid, and 41% of all undergrads had taken loans, up from 35% four years ago.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/25/federal-student-loan-profit/3696009/

The borrowers use the money to make a big-ticket purchase, and the sellers happily stuff the money in their pockets. What do they care if the borrower cant pay it back? When borrowers ultimately default, the taxpayers pick up the tab. Sound familiar? Does the great housing price bubble come to mind, along with the foreclosure disaster? It sure does.
Source: http://www.stltoday.com/business/columns/jim-gallagher/are-student-loans-the-next-big-bust/article_b371a567-6336-51ea-913f-47242585a289.html

College graduates struggle with student loan spiral

The disposal, to a debt recovery specialist, will be for a fraction of the debts’ face value, and encompasses mortgage-style loans that are the last of their kind still in public ownership. The sale, which does not include Income Contingent Repayment loans like the ones currently offered, comes as student groups step up their protest over the disposal of the loan portfolios. The coalition is drawing up plans to sell the entire outstanding student loan-book, which has a face value of roughly 40bn. Investment bankers from Barclays and Rothschild were appointed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) last month to oversee the sale, which more than 15,000 people have signed an online petition to oppose. Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said during the summer that the Government hoped to raise 10bn from the sale of corporate and financial assets such as the student loan book by 2020.
Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1173070/student-loans-ministers-to-unveil-900m-sale

“At Hallmark, I was making $8.50 an hour,” Emily said. They put their student loans on hold to get their feet on the ground. Now, both have great jobs, but their debt skyrocketed. “$167,000,” Sam said. The Striblings pay about $800 a month toward their debt, which adds up to almost $10,000 a year, and with a 6 percent interest rate, that $167,000 debt is not shrinking.
Source: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/24067269/college-graduates-struggle-with-student-loan-spiral

The administration has increased Pell Grant funding in part due to reduced costs of student loans, giving the appearance of one group of students subsidizing another. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expressed concern over this in June, saying Democrats dont think there should be deficit reduction based on the backs of these young men and women who are trying to go to college. Congress plans to explore student debt issues in coming months. In September, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee began a series of hearings on critical higher education issues, including loan programs. The average federal student loan holder is more than $26,000 in debt, a nearly 43 percent increase from 2007. Since that year, outstanding federal student loans have almost doubled, worrying Treasury and Federal Reserve officials.
Source: http://rt.com/usa/student-loans-government-profit-292/

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said the price paid exceeds the estimated value of the remaining student loans, and added the private sector is “best placed” to collect the remaining debts. The sale of the remaining mortgage style student loan book represents good value for money, helping to reduce public sector net debt by 160m,” he said. “The private sector is well placed to maximise returns from the book which has a deteriorating value. The sale will allow the Student Loans Company to focus on supplying loans to current students and collecting repayments on newer loans. Borrowers will remain protected and there will be no change to their terms and conditions, including the calculation of interest rates for loans. But as noted in a HuffPost UK blog earlier this week, speaking to a parliamentary select committee last June, universities minister David Willetts told MPs: “In the letter that every student gets there are some words to the effect that governments reserve the right to change the terms of the loans.” Toni Pearce, President of NUS, said the move was “incredibly problematic” and would affect everyone who had taken out a student loan. This announcement is extremely concerning and is one that will see the public subsidising a private company making a profit from public debt, which is incredibly problematic,” she said.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/11/25/student-loan-book-sold-160m-government_n_4336301.html?ir=UK+Politics

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