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Friday, March 27, 2009

Default Rate Rises for Student Loans

by Calculated Risk on 3/27/2009 02:39:00 PM

From Bloomberg: Default Rate Rises for Student Loans, U.S. Government Reports (ht Anthony)

Student-loan default rates for people who recently left school rose to 6.9 percent from 5.2 percent a year earlier as a deteriorating economy weighed on borrowers, the U.S. government said.

... The rate is based on borrowers who were to begin making repayments between October 2006 and October 2007, and who fell at least nine months behind by late September 2008.

Almost 232,000 of those borrowers entered default, a 13 percent increase from the previous year and a jump of 43 percent from two years earlier, the department said.