President Obama addressed the growing problem of student loan debt in a speech he gave on Tuesday at Georgia Tech. He spoke about his plans to make it easier for students to eliminate some of their student loan debt through bankruptcy. Two days later, thirteen democrats in the Senate introduced a bill backing the President’s plans called the “Fairness for Struggling Students Act of 2015.” The bill will treat student loans issued by private lenders the same as other types of private unsecured debt in bankruptcy. Changes made to the federal bankruptcy code in 2005 made it nearly impossible for struggling students to discharge their student loan debt.
Private student loans make up only 10% of all student loans. The other 90% are loans issued by the federal government. If the bill is passed, it would only account for the 10%. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that there is $165 billion that stems from private student loans and approximately $1.2 trillion in total student loan debt.
President Obama and the Senate are targeting private student loans due to their high interest rates, lack of consumer protection and inflexible repayment options. The bill is the White House’s latest attempt to address the rapid increase in student loan debt in America. Plans have also been set up for borrowers to file complaints against loan servicers.
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