The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has issued proposed regulations to implement the legislation enacted in April 2019 that requires servicers of student loans to be licensed, imposes servicing standards, and prohibits certain practices. On July 31, the NYDFS published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the State Register, triggering a 60-day comment period.… Continue Reading
New Jersey enacts licensing and other requirements for student loan servicers
On July 30, 2019, Acting New Jersey Governor Sheila Oliver signed into law SB 1149, which requires student loan servicers to be licensed, creates an Office of the Student Loan Ombudsman within the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance, imposes various requirements, and prohibits certain conduct. The law takes effect 120 days after enactment.… Continue Reading
CFPB Winter 2019 Supervisory Highlights focuses on deposits, mortgage loan servicing, and remittances
The CFPB’s Winter 2019 Supervisory Highlights discusses the Bureau’s examination findings in the areas of automobile loan servicing, deposits, mortgage loan servicing, and remittances. We discussed the Bureau’s auto loan servicing findings in a separate blog post. In this blog post, we focus on the Bureau’s additional findings.
Although issued under Director Kraninger’s leadership, the Winter 2019 Supervisory Highlights covers examinations generally completed between June and November 2018 when Mick Mulvaney was Acting Director. … Continue Reading
D.C. accepting student loan servicer license applications; CT adopts student loan servicing standards
D.C. License Applications. The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking recently started to accept applications and transition fillings for a Student Loan Servicer License on the National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS).
The District of Columbia’s Student Loan Act, which became effective on February 18, 2017, provides that no person or entity, unless exempt, can service a “student education loan” of a “student loan borrower” in the District, directly or indirectly, without first obtaining a license. … Continue Reading
CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman reports on handling of defaulted borrowers by servicers; Ballard to hold June 8 webinar
The CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman has released an update setting forth the CFPB’s “preliminary observations” based on the data it received in response to a voluntary request for information sent to several of the largest student loan servicers in October 2016. The request, which was sent contemporaneously with the release of the Ombudsman’s 2016 annual report (2016 report), asked servicers to provide information about their policies and procedures related to servicing loans of previously defaulted borrowers. … Continue Reading
Dept. of Education announces federal student loan policy direction
The Department of Education has released a memorandum to provide policy direction for the new federal student loan “state-of-the-art loan servicing ecosystem” that the ED is currently procuring. According to the memorandum, ED expects the policy direction to guide the development of contract provisions in the new contracts that the ED will enter into with the “customer service providers” it selects to participate in servicing federal student loans on the new servicing ecosystem. … Continue Reading
Dept. of Education announces student loan credit reporting and servicing initiatives
Last week, the CFPB announced that it had issued a Request for Information seeking comment on a set of prototype disclosures (the “Payback Playbook”) to assist federal student loan borrowers in selecting between alternative repayment plans. The CFPB’s announcement was accompanied by an announcement by the Department of Education of two new student loan-related initiatives, one directed at credit reports and the other directed at servicing. … Continue Reading
CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman highlights FFELP loans in fourth annual report
The CFPB released its fourth Annual Report of the Student Loan Ombudsman discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private and federal student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints. (The report was issued by Seth Frotman, who is currently serving as Acting Student Loan Ombudsman after the departure of Rohit Chopra this past June.) … Continue Reading
Interagency task force issues recommendations on federal student loan servicing contracts
Pursuant to a March 2015 Presidential directive, an interagency task force consisting of the Department of the Treasury, Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, and Domestic Policy Council has issued recommendations on best practices in performance-based contracting intended to ensure that federal student loan servicers “help borrowers responsibly make monthly payments on their student loans.” … Continue Reading
CFPB supervision of student loan servicers to begin March 1
Later this week, on March 1, the CFPB’s final rule defining larger participants of the student loan servicer market becomes effective.
We expect the CFPB to immediately begin examining entities that qualify as larger participants. Under the rule, the CFPB can supervise servicing of private and federal student loans by any nonbank entity that qualifies as a larger participant, regardless of whether it also offers or provides private student loans. … Continue Reading