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Student Loan Delinquency

The Untold Story

Today more students are taking on larger amounts of federally-backed loans to pay for a higher education than ever before. That’s why it’s imperative that policymakers and other stakeholders know how these rising debt levels affect students after they leave school.

On March 17th the Institute of Higher Education Policy released a policy paper, Delinquency: The Untold Story of Student Loan Borrowing, that examines student loan debt using data from five of the nation’s largest federal student loan guaranty agencies. These new data provide detailed information on how 1.8 million student borrowers manage their federally-backed student loans.

To mark the release of this paper, Jason Delisle, Director of the New America Foundation’s Federal Education Budget Project, moderated a panel of experts including Alisa Cunningham Director of Research & Evaluation at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Justin Draeger, President and CEO at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Deanne Loonin, Attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, and Dr. Laura Perna, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, who discussed the findings in the report and the greater issue of increasing levels of student loan debt.

A full recording of this panel can be viewed above.

This event is co-sponsored by American Student Assistance, Education Credit Management Corporation/CA, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, and United Student Aid Funds.


Alisa Cunningham
Director of Research & Evaluation
Institute for Higher Education Policy

Justin Draeger
President and CEO
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Deanne Loonin
National Consumer Law Center

Dr. Laura Perna
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Jason Delisle
Director, Federal Education Budget Project
New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 9:30am - 11:00am
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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