College Graduates Struggle With Student Loan Spiral

I now owe more than I borrowed. My interest is 9%. That is what the interest was back in 1993. I got a fixed rate because, really, who knew that interest rates were going to go so low. I have been paying for 18 years, deferred at times due to unemployment and other debt issues and I do not see any end in sight. My original loan was for $9000 and I now owe over $13,0000.
Source: http://www.wral.com/is-there-any-hope-for-me-and-my-student-loans-/13158154/

Issues Chopra said “are not well understood” include why some borrowers repay loans faster, why they fall behind on their loans, and reasons for default. I am quite concerned that financial regulators and the public lack basic, fundamental data on student loan origination and performance, Chopra said in a speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The lack of good data is adding further uncertainty about the potential spillovers into the rest of the economy, he added. Federal officials outside the Education Department, especially those at the Treasury Department, have long complained about the lack of reliable data on the federal governments $1 trillion student loan portfolio. For example, officials are unable to determine the number of borrowers delinquent on their obligations, or the share of distressed borrowers in repayment plans that are based on their monthly incomes.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/student-loan-data_n_4299000.html

The loans, which were taken out between 1990 and 1998, are likely to be sold for significantly lower than their market rate. Universities Minister David Willetts announced plans to sell the loans in March, saying the “mortgage-style” student loans will “allow us to reduce public debt and maximise the value of one of the government’s assets. A fresher at Manchester university browses books at a secondhand stall. Student loans from 1990 to 1998 will be sold to a private debt collection agency on Monday “The private sector’s expertise makes it well placed to collect this debt and the sale will also help the Student Loans Company to concentrate on providing loans to current students.” Many whose loans will be included in the sell-off took to Twitter on Sunday evening to voice concern about the plans to sell the loans to a debt collection agency. I wish there was a way I could stop them selling off the student loan book, it’s http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net lunacy.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/11/24/student-loans-sell-off_n_4333887.html?ir=UK+Universities+%26+Education

The Striblings got married, and the future looked bright for them until the economy took a dive, just as they accepted their diplomas. “Everybody had huge layoffs, nobody was hiring,” Sam said. The Striblings moved in with parents and took the only jobs they could get. “At Hallmark, I was making $8.50 an hour,” Emily said. They put their student loans on hold to get their feet on the ground. Now, both have great jobs, but their debt skyrocketed.
Source: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/24067269/college-graduates-struggle-with-student-loan-spiral

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