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Debt collectors work with universities, colleges and private lenders to collect student loans. For education loans backed by the federal government, the U.S. Department of Education has a clearly-defined collection program that uses private collection agencies. Recent changes in federal law will shift all previously federally backed loans to direct loans from the federal government, cutting private lenders out of the equation.

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Student Debt Series from Reveal and Consumer Reports Highlights Disastrous System of Compound Interest

Reveal – from The Center for Investigative Reporting, has produced a series of articles related to student debt. Who got rich off the student debt crisis – A story about how, by privatizing the student loan program, Congress created a profit center for Wall Street and a system of college finance that created a kind […]

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ConServe Submits Thoughtful Response to FCC Request for Comments on TCPA Exception for Government Debts

Last week, ConServe, a leading private collection agency and federal contractor that provides services to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Treasury, filed comments to the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking TCPA. The comments were thorough and well-reasoned. Unfortunately, the deck at the FCC is likely stacked against collectors.

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V&K Achieves Federal HUBZone Certification

LAWRENCE, Mass. – Valentine & Kebartas, LLC (V&K), based in Lawrence, MA, today announced it has achieved Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) certification through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to Federal procurement opportunities. The program was enacted into law as part […]

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EFC, NCHER, and SLSA Respond to FCC’s Proposal Restricting Effective Contact to Student Loan Borrowers

Washington, DC — Friday evening, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law by President Obama in November, amending the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). While the legislation applies to calls “solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United […]

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Government Contract Compliance Experts to Host Panel at Larger Market Participant Summit

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – As the buzz around the insideARM 2016 Larger Market Participant Summit grows, conference registrants and those considering registering who have interests in government and higher education markets should consider the breakout session entitled Best Practices in Gov’t & Higher Ed Contracting Compliance: A New Era in “Getting it Right.” This session […]

Summary Judgment Granted in TCPA Case Against Navient and Affiliate – Awards $360K, Possibly More

An Order granting partial summary judgment in favor of a plaintiff in a TCPA case against Navient and its affiliate, Student Assistance Corporation, was entered on April 6. The summary judgment order translates to an award of over $360,000, with the potential for additional liability once the case proceeds to trial on the issue of whether the defendants should be liable for treble damages under the statute. The case presents several interesting facts and issues.