Student Lending

CBA is the public policy voice for private-market capital to fund loans supporting America’s students. Private student loans serve important purposes, primarily to provide gap funding for undergraduates who need to pay for college. In addition, for some families and graduate students, private loans can be a sensible alternative to federal loans, especially PLUS loans. Almost 97% of private student loans are being successfully repaid. That is largely due to the high level of underwriting required to receive a private loan, as well as the use of cosigners. Nearly 70% of private student loans are made by six lenders, five of which are CBA Members.  Collectively, private loans account for just 8% of loans being made today. The other 92% are Direct Loans made by the U.S. Department of Education. 

  • September 12, 2018
    CBA Announces Board Leadership Team, Sets Advocacy Agenda for Upcoming Year Todd Barnhart of PNC Bank becomes chair; Nitin Mhatre of Webster named Chair-Elect Listen to Barnhart discuss CBA’s Priorities, Changes in Industry Regulations Over the Last Decade on CBA’s Suite 550 Podcast, Available Here WASHINGTON – Heading into its 100th year, the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) has elected Todd...
  • August 31, 2018
    D.C. DOWNLOAD OCC’s CRA ANPR Proposal : Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting is a CEO at heart and he showed it this week when the OCC issued its ANPR on the Community Reinvestment Act. The OCC issued the ANPR unilaterally, but we expect the FDIC and possibly the Fed to join in on the reform efforts before all is said and done. CBA’s Community Reinvestment Committee of almost 50 member banks...
  • August 31, 2018
    On Monday, August 27, 2018, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Student Loan Ombudsman Seth Frotman resigned in a heated letter to Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. In his resignation, Frotman claimed the new administration’s policies were harming students and families and the Bureau has “abandoned its duty to fairly and robustly enforce the law.” Frotman also alleged the agency’s leadership “...
  • July 31, 2018
    On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, the Treasury Department released a report on Fintech and Innovation, issuing broad and specific recommendations to empower consumers and to facilitate innovation in the U.S. financial system. This is the fourth report from Treasury as part of its effort to implement the President's Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System. In...
  • July 25, 2018
    CBA on House Democrats’ Higher Education Proposal Legislation would lead to higher tuition, student debt WASHINGTON – The Consumer Bankers Association today expressed concerns with the Higher Education Reform proposal announced by Democrats in the House of Representatives. “There are some aspects of this plan we support, but taken as a whole this virtually unlimited source of federal lending,...
  • July 16, 2018
    CBA Says Recent Student Lending Legislation Misdirected, Needed for Federal – Not Private – Loans CBA: “Private lenders offer a responsible product to help students achieve their education goals with transparent, plain language know before you owe information. The same cannot be said of the current state of federal student lending, which saddles students with unmanageable debt.” Washington, D.C...
  • June 22, 2018
    D.C. DOWNLOAD Court Rules Bureau’s Structure Unconstitutional – The U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York ruled yesterday the Bureau "unconstitutionally structured." The opinion was in the case of CFPB v. RD Legal Funding, LLC et al. Whether the decision, which disqualified the Bureau as a plaintiff in the case, will be appealed depends on a number of factors. However, it is...
  • June 1, 2018
    My Visit to Huntington Bank – I always enjoy visiting with CBA members and this week I had the pleasure to meet with the folks at Huntington Bank. First and foremost, they are a great group of bankers who work tirelessly on behalf of their customers. We had a lively discussion on the regulatory environment, small-dollar rulemaking, M&A activity and bank innovation. I was glad CBA Board Member...
  • May 31, 2018
    The private student loan industry may soon get more favorable treatment on the government’s financial-aid website. Right now, the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid website presents private student loans as an option students should only consider after loans offered by the government. But the site could soon take a less-biased approach towards private loans, according to...
  • May 11, 2018
    DRIVING THE CONVERSATION Rumor Mill Churns: McWatters as Bureau Director? – There is plenty of buzz in D.C. surrounding President Trump’s potential nomination of National Credit Union Administration Board Chair Mark McWatters as the next Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau). We have had conversations with McWatters, as well as many other potential candidates for the...

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