S.1266 - Refinancing Education Funding to Invest (REFI) for the Future Act of 2013113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 06/27/2013)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||06/27/2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.|
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Summary: S.1266 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/27/2013)
Refinancing Education Funding to Invest (REFI) for the Future Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of the Treasury, upon determining that borrowers are unable to secure adequate credit accommodations with existing private education loans, to establish credit facilities to: (1) accommodate reasonable loan adjustments that reduce the likelihood that borrowers become delinquent or default on their loans, (2) benefit borrowers that are most likely to have private student debt service obligations that represent a disproportionate share of their income, and (3) ensure that borrowers pay lower interest rates that are commensurate with credit risk so that they can pursue more economically productive activities.
Requires the decision that borrowers are unable to secure adequate credit accommodations to be made by the Secretary jointly with the Secretary of Education and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB).
Prohibits the establishment of such credit mechanisms from resulting in any net cost to the federal government.
Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to conduct a national awareness campaign to alert all private education loan borrowers who may benefit from those credit facilities or programs.
Terminates any activities initiated through such a credit facility three years after such facility is established or not later than five years after this Act's enactment.
Expresses the sense of the Congress that federal financial institutions and federally chartered private entities should consider the timely use of their available authorities to assist borrowers of private education loans in refinancing such loans in a manner that results in no increased costs to taxpayers.