Student loan default rates have doubled over the last decade, and new research from Adam Looney of the U.S. Treasury Department and Constantine Yannelis from Stanford University, shows most of the increase is associated with the number of non-traditional borrowers attending for-profit schools and two-year colleges. According to Looney and Yannelis’ research, based on analysis of U.S. Department of Education federal student loan borrowing data, by 2011 borrowers at for-profit and two-year colleges represented almost 50 percent of those leaving school and starting to repay their loans, and 70 percent of student loan defaults. Their research, “A Crisis in Student Loans? […]
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