How 1,000s Of Student Loans Worth Billions Are Getting Erased On A Technicality

National Collegiate Funding (NCF) is an umbrella name for 15 trusts that collectively hold 800,000 private student loans, totaling some $12 billion in outstanding obligations.  The only problem is that roughly $5 billion worth of those loans, or over 40%, are currently in default (and you thought auto delinquencies were bad).

Now, ordinarily when a student defaults on their loan, NCF simply files a lawsuit in local or state court as a means for negotiating a settlement or payment plan with the borrower.  Often times, NCF wins these cases automatically as the borrowers don’t even bother to show up for their court date.  In cases like that, NCF can use their court victory to garnish wages and/or federal benefits from entitlement programs like Social Security which can haunt borrowers for decades (we actually wrote about it here:  Baby Boomers Increasingly Having Social Security Checks Garnished To Cover Student Loan Payments).

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