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STUDENT LOANS

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL! In protest of the nearly $1 trillion dollar student loan debt bubble and your ASTRONOMICAL student loan debt that’s growing bigger by the day!Apply for an UNAUTHORIZED SIGNATURE / UNAUTHORIZED PAYMENT false certification loan discharge  The nearly $1 trillion dollar student loan debt, the $1500/month interest only payment, the double in some cases almost triple outstanding principle amount owing, etc. is due to the following:

Bank FFELP lenders partnered with loan guaranty agencies and student loan servicers to create student loan brokerage firms aka special purpose entities the majority of which were incorporated in State of Florida. For example, Student Loan Xpress, Goal Financial, K2 Financial, Education Finance Partners, US Education Finance etc. Kinda like the storefront mortgage companies and unlicensed brokers, think Enron’s LJM2, the Raptors, Chewco etc .  The bank ffelp lenders, servicers and guaranty agencies used the student loan brokerage companies to access and repeatedly access students’ personal information, nslds, and credit reports for what they claimed were Marketing or Promotional Purposes. If you don’t believe me then just check your credit reports from 2006-2008. I bet you’ll have 3 ‘Promotional Purpose’ pages that are all student loan companies.

Unfortunately, they weren’t accessing your reports for marketing purposes as they claimed. They were accessing the reports for your personal information which they unlawfully used to originate federal consolidation loans. The consolidation loans were then purchased by student loan servicers/guaranty agencies from lenders on the Federal Family Education Loan Program secondary market.  The servicers/guaranty agencies issued tax-exempt bonds to obtain funds to acquire loans.  Billions of such bonds issued prior to October 1, 1993, were outstanding.  The servicers/guaranty agencies  bills the U.S. Department of Education for 9.5 percent special allowance payments on the loans it purchases, holds, and services.  

For example, in April 2003, Nelnet implemented a process (“Project 950”) to increase the amount of its loans receiving special allowance [taxpayer subsidy payments] under the 9.5 percent floor. . . . Nelnet repeated this process many times, increasing the amount of loans it billed under the 9.5 percent floor from about $551 million in March 2003 to about $3.66 billion in June 2004. PHEAA did it too! Guess how they did it? You guessed it, by partnering with lenders to create student loan brokerage firms, special purpose entities and special purpose vehicles that unlawfully used your personal information to create federal consolidation loans. The lenders then used the fraudulent consolidations loans to replace loans that defeased, were repaid or discharged in their 9.5 percent floor loan securitized trusts and student loan revenue bonds. Consequently, because the federal consolidation loans were unlawfully created by the student loan brokerage firms (lenders + servicers + guaranty agencies) theft of your personal information they are not valid obligations; thus they are not enforceable! So, in protest of the nearly $1 trillion dollar student loan debt bubble and your ASTRONOMICAL student loan debt that’s growing bigger by the day pull your NSLDS report highlight that fraudulent loan, complete an UNAUTHORIZED SIGNATURE / UNAUTHORIZED PAYMENT false certification discharge form, and send it to fraudnet@gao.gov!

Don’t forget to name your lender, servicer, and guaranty agency on the discharge form and attach your NSLDS report with showing the fraudulent consolidation loan you never applied for or agreed to!

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STUDENT LOAN DEBT PROTEST!

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL! In protest of the nearly $1 trillion dollar student loan debt bubble and your ASTRONOMICAL student loan debt that’s growing bigger by the day!Apply for an UNAUTHORIZED SIGNATURE / UNAUTHORIZED PAYMENT false certification loan discharge  The nearly $1 trillion dollar student loan debt, the $1500/month interest only payment, the double in some cases almost triple outstanding principle amount owing, etc. is due to the following:

Bank FFELP lenders partnered with loan guaranty agencies and student loan servicers to create student loan brokerage firms aka special purpose entities the majority of which were incorporated in State of Florida. For example, Student Loan Xpress, Goal Financial, K2 Financial, Education Finance Partners, US Education Finance etc. Kinda like the storefront mortgage companies and unlicensed brokers, think Enron’s LJM2, the Raptors, Chewco etc .  The bank ffelp lenders, servicers and guaranty agencies used the student loan brokerage companies to access and repeatedly access students’ personal information, nslds, and credit reports for what they claimed were Marketing or Promotional Purposes. If you don’t believe me then just check your credit reports from 2006-2008. I bet you’ll have 3 ‘Promotional Purpose’ pages that are all student loan companies.

Unfortunately, they weren’t accessing your reports for marketing purposes as they claimed. They were accessing the reports for your personal information which they unlawfully used to originate federal consolidation loans. The consolidation loans were then purchased by student loan servicers/guaranty agencies from lenders on the Federal Family Education Loan Program secondary market.  The servicers/guaranty agencies issued tax-exempt bonds to obtain funds to acquire loans.  Billions of such bonds issued prior to October 1, 1993, were outstanding.  The servicers/guaranty agencies  bills the U.S. Department of Education for 9.5 percent special allowance payments on the loans it purchases, holds, and services.  

For example, in April 2003, Nelnet implemented a process (“Project 950”) to increase the amount of its loans receiving special allowance [taxpayer subsidy payments] under the 9.5 percent floor. . . . Nelnet repeated this process many times, increasing the amount of loans it billed under the 9.5 percent floor from about $551 million in March 2003 to about $3.66 billion in June 2004. PHEAA did it too! Guess how they did it? You guessed it, by partnering with lenders to create student loan brokerage firms, special purpose entities and special purpose vehicles that unlawfully used your personal information to create federal consolidation loans. The lenders then used the fraudulent consolidations loans to replace loans that defeased, were repaid or discharged in their 9.5 percent floor loan securitized trusts and student loan revenue bonds. Consequently, because the federal consolidation loans were unlawfully created by the student loan brokerage firms (lenders + servicers + guaranty agencies) theft of your personal information they are not valid obligations; thus they are not enforceable! So, in protest of the nearly $1 trillion dollar student loan debt bubble and your ASTRONOMICAL student loan debt that’s growing bigger by the day pull your NSLDS report highlight that fraudulent loan, complete an UNAUTHORIZED SIGNATURE / UNAUTHORIZED PAYMENT false certification discharge form, and send it to fraudnet@gao.gov!

Don’t forget to name your lender, servicer, and guaranty agency on the discharge form and attach your NSLDS report with showing the fraudulent consolidation loan you never applied for or agreed to!

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STUDENT LOAN DEBT PROTEST!

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UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL! In protest of the nearly $1 trillion dollar student loan debt bubble and your ASTRONOMICAL student loan debt that’s growing bigger by the day!Apply for an UNAUTHORIZED SIGNATURE / UNAUTHORIZED PAYMENT false certification loan discharge  The nearly $1 trillion dollar student loan debt, the $1500/month interest only payment, the double in some cases almost triple outstanding principle amount owing, etc. is due to the following:

Bank FFELP lenders partnered with loan guaranty agencies and student loan servicers to create student loan brokerage firms aka special purpose entities the majority of which were incorporated in State of Florida. For example, Student Loan Xpress, Goal Financial, K2 Financial, Education Finance Partners, US Education Finance etc. Kinda like the storefront mortgage companies and unlicensed brokers, think Enron’s LJM2, the Raptors, Chewco etc .  The bank ffelp lenders, servicers and guaranty agencies used the student loan brokerage companies to access and repeatedly access students’ personal information, nslds, and credit reports for what they claimed were Marketing or Promotional Purposes. If you don’t believe me then just check your credit reports from 2006-2008. I bet you’ll have 3 ‘Promotional Purpose’ pages that are all student loan companies.

Unfortunately, they weren’t accessing your reports for marketing purposes as they claimed. They were accessing the reports for your personal information which they unlawfully used to originate federal consolidation loans. The consolidation loans were then purchased by student loan servicers/guaranty agencies from lenders on the Federal Family Education Loan Program secondary market.  The servicers/guaranty agencies issued tax-exempt bonds to obtain funds to acquire loans.  Billions of such bonds issued prior to October 1, 1993, were outstanding.  The servicers/guaranty agencies  bills the U.S. Department of Education for 9.5 percent special allowance payments on the loans it purchases, holds, and services.  

For example, in April 2003, Nelnet implemented a process (“Project 950”) to increase the amount of its loans receiving special allowance [taxpayer subsidy payments] under the 9.5 percent floor. . . . Nelnet repeated this process many times, increasing the amount of loans it billed under the 9.5 percent floor from about $551 million in March 2003 to about $3.66 billion in June 2004. PHEAA did it too! Guess how they did it? You guessed it, by partnering with lenders to create student loan brokerage firms, special purpose entities and special purpose vehicles that unlawfully used your personal information to create federal consolidation loans. The lenders then used the fraudulent consolidations loans to replace loans that defeased, were repaid or discharged in their 9.5 percent floor loan securitized trusts and student loan revenue bonds. Consequently, because the federal consolidation loans were unlawfully created by the student loan brokerage firms (lenders + servicers + guaranty agencies) theft of your personal information they are not valid obligations; thus they are not enforceable! So, in protest of the nearly $1 trillion dollar student loan debt bubble and your ASTRONOMICAL student loan debt that’s growing bigger by the day pull your NSLDS report highlight that fraudulent loan, complete an UNAUTHORIZED SIGNATURE / UNAUTHORIZED PAYMENT false certification discharge form, and send it to fraudnet@gao.gov!

Don’t forget to name your lender, servicer, and guaranty agency on the discharge form and attach your NSLDS report with showing the fraudulent consolidation loan you never applied for or agreed to!

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!!!

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The Root Cause of Your Student Loan Miseries….The 9.5 Percent Special Allowance Payment Subsidy

Intended to Cut Lender Subsidies, It Created a Windfall

In the guaranteed student loan program, lenders receive interest payments from both students and the government. Under the 1980 law, the government payments (known as “special allowance payments”) assured lenders a quarterly return on their guaranteed student loans equal to the average bond-equivalent yield on 91-day Treasury bills plus 3.5 percentage points. Any quarter when borrower payments were insufficient, the government would make up the difference. (Loans made today receive the 91-day commercial paper rate plus 2.34 percentage points during repayment.) For loans backed by tax-exempt bonds, the 1980 formula cut subsidy payments in half but guaranteed at least a 9.5 percent return. In other words, lenders receive the greater of either (a) one-half the regular subsidy payments or (b) the amount necessary to provide a 9.5 percent return.[1]

Example 1: In times of high interest rates, the formula reduces subsidies.

Under interest rates prevalent in 1979, the new formula cuts lender returns from 13.5 percent to 10.25 percent.10

 

Regular Loans:

 

Student Rate                                        Special Allowance:                       Lender Return:

7.0%                                                        6.5%                                       13.5%

 

Loans Made with Tax-Exempt Bonds:

Special Allowance:                                                                                  Lender Return:

3.25%                                                                                                   10.25%

Example 2: But with the lower rates that have been more typical in recent years, the 9.5 percent floor creates windfall profits.

In the second quarter of 2004, regular loans earned a 3.57 percent return, including only 0.15 percentage points in federal subsidies. Loans eligible for the 9.5 percent floor collected 25 times more in federal subsidies.[2]

 

Regular Loans:

 

Student Rate                                          Special Allowance:                 Lender Return:

3.42%                                                      0.15%                                      3.57%

 

 

Loans Made with Tax-Exempt Bonds:

Special Allowance:                                                                             Lender Return:6.08%                                                                                                  9.5%

 

 

The 1993 Attempt to Repeal 9.5 Loans

In early 1993, the borrower interest rate on regular new student loans fell to 6.15 percent, highlighting the absurdity of guaranteeing a 9.5 percent return on tax-exempt loans.12 Congress decided to try again to fix the problem.The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 eliminated the 1980 formula for all loans financed with new student loan bonds. However, responding to arguments that bond investors need stable, assured returns, it kept the 1980 formula for loans backed by existing bonds, including loans made with collections from earlier loans. It seemed like a limited liability, confined only to pre-existing bonds, and involving non-profit and government entities.[3]



[1]Money for Nothing • Skyrocketing Waste of Tax Dollars • A Report by TICAS:The Institute for College Access and Success


[2]Author’s calculations based on U.S. Department of Education,“Federal Family Education Loan Program Special

Allowance Rates for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2004,” July 6, 2004.


[3] General Accounting Office and U.S. Department of Education, Final Report Regarding the Findings of the Study Group on the Feasibility of Using Alternative Financial Instruments for Determining Lender Yield under the Federal Family Education Loan Program, January 19, 2001, pp. 120, 123.

 

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Brief Interlude

I know the first two posts were pretty long and full of facts but I ask that you bear with me. In order to understand today’s massive ongoing fraud by the student loan lenders and the crippling debt it is causing first I need to explain the history of student loans. I promise you’ll thank me later!

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BACKGROUND-STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM

PURPOSE OF THE STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM

Student loans were designed to put many students who wouldn’t have ordinarily been able to afford higher education, into colleges and universities. The U.S. government actually believed that education was the primary responsibility of the parents. But they also recognized that many parents just couldn’t afford to send their children to college, no matter how much they wanted to.[1]

GREED REPLACES PURPOSE

Today in the student loan program, thousands of corporate and government entities enjoy, by law, a contractual right of payment from the U.S. government—all part of the effort to lubricate the system with enough cash so that students ultimately get the loans they need. The current entitlements include the following:

  • Thirty-six federally-backed “guarantee agencies” are entitled to a .4% “loan processing and issuance fee,” paid by the federal government. These agencies are also entitled to a .1% “account” maintenance fee,” paid by the federal government, and they have the legal authority to charge students a 1% “guarantee fee.”
  • Thousands of banks and secondary markets (which purchase loans from banks) are entitled to quarterly returns equal to the rates on commercial paper plus 2.34 percentage points during repayment and plus 1.74 percentage points during the in-school and grade period, assured by the federal government.
  • If a borrower’s payments are late, the guarantee agency has an opportunity to encourage the borrower to make a payment. If successful, the agency is entitled to a 1% “default aversion fee.”
  • If the borrower defaults, the lender or secondary market is entitled to receive a minimum payment of 98% of the principal and interest.
  • If a loan defaults, the guarantee agency is entitled to keep 28% of any amounts it is able to collect. All of these provisions—and more—are set and adjusted through the political process, without the benefit of competitive market forces or even a regulatory check.

This patchwork quilt system leads to a second problem: unanticipated loopholes, requiring legislative repairs that further complicate the system. Over the years, the troubles have included lenders that timed their requests for federal payments in order to hide high default rates, guarantee agencies that had conflicts-of interest with board members and affiliates, and schools that used multiple intermediaries in order to mask large increases in loan volume. All of these situations cost taxpayers. In one case, the collapse of a guarantee agency led to an expensive federal taxpayer bailout. The Government Accountability Office (known then as the General Accounting Office) has repeatedly labeled student aid as a creating a high risk of waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. President Bush’s budget office describes the FFEL program as structurally flawed, with “unnecessary subsidies” and questionable cost effectiveness.[2]


[1] Financial Shopper Network The History of Student Loans

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