Obama aims to clamp down on federal student loan companies

Published 9:25 am Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — More than 40 million Americans are in debt thanks to their education, and most of their loans come from Uncle Sam. So President Barack Obama is aiming to clamp down on the private companies that service federal student debt with a presidential memorandum he will issue on Tuesday.

Obama’s policy tweaks, to be unveiled during a speech at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, don’t require new legislation from Congress — a plus as far as the White House is concerned. But they won’t be earth-shattering for student-borrowers, either. Instead, the new steps seek to tilt the student lending process more toward the student, with a particular focus on graduates struggling to make their monthly payments.

“We are trying to enhance the borrower experience from beginning to end,” said Ted Mitchell, the Education Department’s under secretary for higher education.

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