The CFPB has announced that it will begin examining post-secondary schools, such as for-profit colleges, that extend private loans directly to students and/or parents to fund undergraduate, graduate, and other forms of postsecondary education. The announcement was accompanied by the CFPB’s issuance of an update to its Education Loan Examination Procedures manual. … Continue Reading
The Delaware federal district court, in CFPB v. National Collegiate Master Student Loan Trust et al., has rejected the Trusts’ argument that because the enforcement action was filed by an unconstitutionally structured CFPB, it was void when filed and could not stop the statute of limitations from running.
The CFPB first filed the enforcement action in 2017, alleging that the Trusts engaged in unlawful debt collection practices. … Continue Reading
With the return to repayment of federal student loans on February 1, 2022 quickly approaching, the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) recently notified the private collection agencies (PCAs) under contract with FSA to collect Direct Loans that it would begin the process of recalling approximately 5.1 million borrower accounts and winding down the PCAs’ contracts. … Continue Reading
The CFPB Education Loan Ombudsman has issued his annual report covering the period from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021.
The report includes an analysis of the approximately 5,300 complaints related to private or federal student loans that the Bureau received during that period. While complaints overall during this period trended lower, the decrease was most pronounced for federal student loan complaints which decreased approximately 32% compared to the prior year.… Continue Reading
The Department of Justice announced earlier this week that it has entered into a consent order with the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) to settle the DOJ’s claim that HESAA violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by obtaining unlawful court judgments against two military servicemembers for amounts owed on student loans. … Continue Reading
With Colorado’s private education lender registration scheduled to take effect on September 1st, the Colorado Department of Law has just announced that they intend to bring a new group within their jurisdiction: private postsecondary schools that use income share agreements (ISAs) to help finance students’ education. Schools regulated by the Division of Private Occupational Schools received notice of this interpretation on Friday.… Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of Education has issued a new interpretation “to revise and clarify its position on the legality of State laws and regulations that govern various aspects of the servicing of Federal student loans.” The new interpretation revokes and supersedes the ED’s 2018 preemption determination. It was not unexpected, as the ED has taken a number of steps in recent months to reverse Trump Administration policies that hindered state oversight of federal student loan servicers. … Continue Reading
We look at the practices found to be unlawful by CFPB examiners. In addition to “as low as” rate advertising by providers of private student loans that did not disclose rates were dependent on borrower creditworthiness, we discuss servicer practices involving: providing inaccurate information about eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, automatic placement in a natural disaster forbearance, failing to waive or refund overcharges imposed after servicing transfers of loans owed by borrowers enrolled in income-based repayment plans, and failing to honor borrowers’ standing instructions on payment allocation.… Continue Reading
Pursuant to the authority set forth in Section 205 of Senate Bill 1202, Connecticut’s Banking Commissioner signed an order that permits individuals engaged in certain licensable activity on behalf of certain consumer credit licensees to work from remote office locations not licensed as branch office locations. The order, available here, extends the previous no-action position of the Commissioner and is effective July 1, 2021.… Continue Reading
The bill signed into law by President Biden on June 17, 2021 to create the Juneteenth National Independence Day results in an important change under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Regulation Z.
Under TILA and Regulation Z, there are two definitions of “business day.” One definition is “a day on which the creditor’s offices are open to the public for carrying on substantially all of its business functions.” … Continue Reading