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Volume 25 - Number 9

April 28, 2014

CFPB Hits ‘Auto-Defaults’ in Private Student Loan Sector

More regulation of the private student loan sector seems likely after the CFPB issued a report last week critical of “auto-defaults” in private student lending. According to the bureau, borrowers have complained that some lenders demand immediate full repayment upon the death or bankruptcy of their loan co-signer, even when the loan is current and being paid on time. Borrowers also told the CFPB they face bureaucratic barriers to releasing co-signers from their loans, a commonly advertised benefit that could help avoid auto-defaults. “Students often rely on parents or grandparents to co-sign their private student loans to achieve the dream of higher education. When tragedy triggers an automatic default, responsible borrowers are thrown into financial distress with demands of immediate...

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