Debt Collectors Salivating Over Student Loans

Posted by Harrison Berry on Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

In a column in the debt collection trade publication, consultant Jerry Ashton described a group of New York University students protesting student debt with their debt loads written on their T-shirts as "lip-smacking."

He also referred to loans given to applicants with low credit scores and high likelihood of entering into default as "good news in the pipeline."

"We are in for a lifetime of employment!" he wrote.

Ashton told Andrew Martin of The New York Times he was being ironic—but ironic or candid, his statement speaks to the growing problem of student debt in the United States.

In 2010, the total U.S. student debt load was $800 billion, outpacing credit card debt for the first time. This year, it topped $1 trillion. One in six borrowers is currently in default. Added together, the value of defaulted student loans is $76 billion.

According to the Project on Student Debt, Idaho has the 18th highest average student debt at $24,178, and the 11th highest percentage of students with a debt load at 66 percent.

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Student loan debt is one of the biggest problems for the American economy. It’s even bigger than a credit card debt! Probably the education has never been so expensive, so people take out loans to get a degree. Lots of students hope for a loan forgiveness but honestly, I do not think that that can happen. It’s better to avoid getting in debt and try to look for alternative options. Some people just save money, that’s hard, but better then graduate with thousands dollars of debt. No need to complain that there’s no choice – every one have the right to choose to get in debt or not.
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Posted by Brian Smith on 12/27/2012 at 2:17 AM
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