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Income Driven Repayment Plans for Federal Student Loans Create Moral Hazard

Can you believe this?

More and more student borrowers are being forced into income-driven repayment plans (IDRPs) because they can’t pay back their college loans under a standard 10-year repayment schedule. According to an article in Educational Researcher, the proportion of student borrowers in IDRPs increased from 5 percent in 2012 to 20 percent in 2016. Three researchers affiliated … Read more

Income-Driven Repayment Plans for Distressed Student-Loan Debtors: Not a Silver Bullet for Easing the Student Loan Crisis

by Richard Fossey & Robert C. Cloud. The federal student loan program is in crisis. More than 40 million Americans now have outstanding student loans totaling almost $1.3 trillion and 8 million borrowers are in default (Cao, 2016). As reported recently by the Brookings Institution, in the for-profit college sector, default rates are especially high. … Read more