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ON THE HILL  Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), called for the financial aid system to be reformed to increase effectiveness. The committee held its second hearing in Congress on Thursday on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, which consists of two grant programs, five loan programs, and nine repayment plans.

On Monday, January 29th Congressman Keith Rothfus (R-PA) of the House Financial Services Committee introduced H.R. 1426, Federal Savings Association Charter Flexibility Act of 2017. The bill amend the Home Owners’ Loan Act to allow Federal savings associations to elect to operate as national banks, and for other purposes.

Also on January 29th Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) introduced H.R. 4792, Small Business Access to Capital After a Natural Disaster Act. This bill amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to expand access to capital for small businesses affected by hurricanes or other natural disasters, and for other purposes.

IN THE AGENCIES The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on January 31st that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is constitutional, in a landmark victory for the CFPB and a serious blow to President Trump’s efforts to undermine the agency. This affirmed Congress’s decision to create a consumer watchdog insulated from political and Wall Street influence. Consumer advocates called on President Trump to respect the decision by relinquishing political control of the agency and nominating a director who is independent, who will put consumer protection first and can be confirmed by the Senate.

As work continues to improve customer service and overall operations of the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the formation of a Strategy and Transformation unit to improve the delivery of financial aid to millions of students and their families. Secretary DeVos asked A. Wayne Johnson to lead the Office of Strategy and Transformation. James Manning will lead FSA as Acting Chief Operating Officer.

FROM THE INTEREST GROUPS The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) posted a series of blogs that explore how the House proposal to overhaul the Higher Education Act would impact student debt. This bill, the PROSPER Act, was passed out of the Committee on Education and the Workforce in December 2017. TICAS focuses on the PROSPER Act’s changes to accountability requirements for federal student aid in their recent post.

OTHER During the Super Bowl, expect TV commercials to discuss student debt. Advertisers seem to be more willing to interrupt America’s most popular sporting event to discuss a touchier subject: Student Debt. Since 2016, Social Finance or SoFi, the financial services company best known for student loan refinancing, has been advertising during the Super Bowl in a variety of forms. Last year, the company won a big bet when the Super Bowl went into overtime for the first time ever. SoFi was one of a handful of brands that made deals to run ads for a fraction of the typical Super Bowl price in the event of overtime. This year, the company will be advertising its refinancing product in six major markets during the Super Bowl.

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ON THE HILL  Earlier this month, Congressman Tom Garrett (R-VA) introduced H.R.4584, the Student Security Act. H.R. 4584 is described as a completely voluntary program, that would empower borrowers who opt in to receive $550 in student loan forgiveness (or roughly the average cost for 1 credit hour at a public university) in exchange for raising a participant’s full-retirement age for Social Security benefits by 1 month with a maximum amount of $40,150 in debt relief and a corresponding 6 years, 1 month raise in retirement.

Two House Democrats sent letters on December 18th to four of the largest student loan servicing companies, seeking information about their policies and procedures for collecting. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Pramila Jayapal of (D-WA) say they’re concerned about “the rising rate of student loan defaults and continuous claims of fraudulent practices in lending, servicing, and collecting” of student loans. The two lawmakers urged the companies to take steps to improve customer service and focus more attention on “high risk” borrowers. Read the letters they sent to the leaders of Navient, Nelnet, Great Lakes and FedLoan Servicing.

On Wednesday, December 13th House Republicans passed a partisan revision of the Higher Education Act that would restructure federal student loans and reduce accessibility to higher education by limiting financial aid options. The bill consolidates the six current federal student loans into three and removes the Graduate PLUS and Parent PLUS loan options. PLUS loans offer no limit and cover the entirety of the institution’s cost of attendance. Under the House’s revision, all federal loans would have maximums, with annual and lifetime loan caps.

IN THE AGENCIES The Education Department announced Wednesday, December 20th a reversal of the Obama administration policy of wiping out student debt. This means that students who were defrauded by the for-profit Corinthian Colleges may not get their loans forgiven entirely. Under President Barack Obama, tens of thousands of students deceived by the now-defunct schools had more than $550 million in federal student loans canceled in full. But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Wednesday she is putting a new process in place that she says is more efficient and fair. The department will now look at average income for specific programs to determine if the loans should be forgiven fully or partially.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit on December 14th against the U.S. Department of Education and its Secretary, Betsy DeVos, for refusing to process debt relief claims submitted by tens of thousands of students who took out federal student loans to attend Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (Corinthian). Students became eligible to apply for this relief after the courts found that Corinthian defrauded these students in violation of California consumer protection laws. More than 1 in 4 of those students with pending debt relief claims resided in California.

FROM THE INTEREST GROUPS Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) strongly condemns the Department of Education’s announcement that they have denied relief to 8,600 borrowers who applied for debt discharges through borrower defense to repayment. The Department has not specified—but must immediately supply—the reasons for those denials, and how many of them came from Corinthian or ITT, schools that closed under the weight of their own illegal and abusive acts. “The news of the Department’s scheme to grant only partial relief to scammed students is just one more piece of an abundance of evidence that the Trump Administration and the DeVos Department of Education care more for the proprietary institutions that break the law than they do for the students they defraud,” said Alexis Goldstein, Senior Policy Analyst at Americans for a Financial Reform. “For Secretary DeVos, it’s predatory companies first, students last.”

 

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ON THE HILL On Friday, December 1st House Republicans proposed a sweeping overhaul of a federal lawthat governs almost every aspect of higher education, a plan that would eliminate some popular student aid programs and impose restrictions on others. The legislation seeks to reshape higher education by limiting the federal role in a way that will make colleges and universities more responsive to the needs of employers while reducing taxpayers’ stake in the financing of education. The bill is the first significant step in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

IN THE AGENCIES The U.S. Department of Education is convening a negotiated rule-making panel to try and create rules around student loan consumer protections. The panel will hash out two rules that were already negotiated previously: borrower defense to repayment, which was slated to be updated last July, and gainful employment, which was put into effect during the Obama administration but has not been fully implemented.

OTHER Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure became effective December 1, 2017.

 

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Bankruptcy New Briefs 11/16

What’s Happening In the News? Check it Out…

Update: CFPB Director Richard Cordray Resigns

Statement of National Consumer Law Center Executive Director Rich Dubois Regarding Richard Cordray Stepping Down as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Survey Finds Most Healthcare Providers Plan to Dump Traditional Collections Methods by Q4 2018

California Court Dismisses Action for Lack of Jurisdiction Pursuant to Spokeo

There is no “Ride-Through” on Mobile Home Debt; Debtor must Redeem the Property or Reaffirm the Debt in order to Retain it

Nurses and RIP Continue Efforts to Forgive Medical Debt

5 Flaws That Kill Student Loan Collection Lawsuits

The Reasons More Older Americans Are Filing for Bankruptcy

Rising Consumer Debt: Cracks Are Starting To Appear

Wells CFO Not Losing Sleep Over Rising Consumer Debt

‘No money down’ bankruptcies prevalent among the poor, minorities

How much student loan debt people owe in each state exposes a pattern we should have seen coming

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Bankruptcy News Briefs 11/15

Midweek Headlines…

Beware Holiday Shoppers: Deferred Interest Promotions Promise 0% Now, but Can Cost Big Bucks Later

Lawsuit accuses debt collector of unfair practices

Debtor’s Chapter 7 Fails 707(b)’s “Smell Test”

Win for Consumers: Second Circuit Reverses Debt Collection Suit

Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Bankruptcy Procedure Take Effect December 1, 2017

Another Industry Win in the Battle Over Interest Disclosures in Second Circuit

CFPB Provides Guidance on Consumer Data Protection

Freedom Debt Relief: CFPB “fundamentally misunderstands” debt settlement process

CFPB The CFPB Wants More Data On Free Credit Scoring Sites

U.S. Household Debt Reaches Record $13 Trillion: Watch Subprime Auto Loans

Speak Up About Student Loan Consumer Protections

AFBC Encourages Consumers to Check on Their Credit Report and Student Loan Accounts

The Student Loan Default Crisis for Borrowers with Children

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