Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Yale & Penn Sue Defaulting Students But UC Doesn't

From the LA Daily News:

Needy U.S. borrowers are defaulting on almost $1 billion in federal student loans earmarked for the poor, leaving schools such as Yale and the University of Pennsylvania with little choice except to sue their graduates. The record defaults on federal Perkins loans may jeopardize the prospects of current students since they are part of a revolving fund that colleges give to students who show extraordinary financial hardship. Yale, Penn and George Washington University have all sued former students over nonpayment, court records show... 

Repaying Perkins loans may be a lower priority for borrowers with multiple debts, said Nancy Coolidge, associate director of student financial support for the University of California system. They may be more likely to pay back private student loans first because they can carry much higher interest rates, she said. Perkins loans are given to the most at-risk students, and "they may have the least ability to pay it back," Coolidge said...

The University of California system tries to use its own personnel before suing Perkins debtors because balances are relatively small, said Coolidge. When borrowers don't have assets or income, winning a judgment doesn't actually result in collecting the money, she said. "It's not that we wouldn't do it," she said. "It's not that practical."

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