For-profit colleges have been coming under increasing scrutiny over the past couple of years. These schools have been accused of enticing students through misleading recruitment tactics, saddling them with enormous amounts of student loans, and then sending them off into the world with a degree that is near-worthless. Student loan default rates at for-profit colleges are astonishingly high, yet these institutions earn 90% or more of their revenue from federal and private student loans. Now, state attorney generals are investigating. Take a look at this Boston Globe article about what Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is doing about for-profit colleges:
Student loan debt outpaced credit card debt for the first time last year and is likely to top a trillion dollars this year as more students go to college and a growing share borrow money to do so.
While many economists say student debt should be seen in a more favorable light, the rising loan bills nevertheless mean that many graduates will be paying them for a longer time.
Loan Study on Students Goes Beyond Default Rates
By Tamar Lewin, New York Times
For each student who defaults on a loan, at least two more fall behind in payments on their student debt, a new study has found.
The Institute for Higher Education Policy, a nonprofit organization, said in a report that two out of five student loan borrowers were delinquent at some point in the first five years after they started repaying their loans.
Almost a quarter of the borrowers used an option to postpone payments to avoid delinquency…. Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/