S.1873 - Protect Student Borrowers Act of 2013113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI] (Introduced 12/19/2013)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||12/19/2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.|
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Summary: S.1873 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (12/19/2013)
Protect Student Borrowers Act of 2013 - Amends title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require institutions of higher education (IHEs) participating in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan program to accept specified risk-sharing requirements.
Requires an IHE, for any fiscal year in which at least 25% of the IHE's student body is participating in the Direct Loan program, to remit, at such times as the Secretary of Education specifies, a risk-sharing payment set at:
- 20% of the total amount of its defaulted Direct loans if its cohort default rate is 30% or higher,
- 15% of the total amount of its defaulted Direct loans if its cohort default rate is lower than 30% but not lower than 25%,
- 10% of the total amount of its defaulted Direct loans if its cohort default rate is lower than 25% but not lower than 20%, and
- 5% of the total amount of its defaulted Direct loans if its cohort default rate is lower than 20% but not lower than 15%.
Directs the Secretary to make specified modifications to such risk-sharing requirements if an IHE develops and implements a student loan management plan that is approved by the Secretary. Requires that plan to include individualized financial aid counseling for students and strategies to minimize student loan default and delinquency.
Allows the Secretary to waive or reduce an IHE's risk-sharing payments in certain other instances.
Prohibits IHEs from denying admission or financial aid to a student based on a perception that the student may be at risk for defaulting on a Direct loan.
Authorizes the Secretary to enter into contracts or cooperative agreements for: (1) statewide or institutionally-based programs for the prevention of federal student loan delinquency and default at IHEs that have a high cohort default rate or serve large numbers or percentages of students who have a higher risk of defaulting on student loans under title IV, and (2) increasing the number of borrowers who successfully rehabilitate defaulted loans
Establishes a separate account in the Treasury for the deposit of the risk-sharing payments, of which: (1) up to 50% are to be used by the Secretary to enter into the contracts or cooperative agreements for delinquency and default prevention or rehabilitation, and (2) the remainder are to be used to offset any future shortfalls in funding under the Federal Pell Grant program.
Makes an IHE's ability to meet its obligation to make risk-sharing payments part of the determination of its eligibility to participate in title IV programs.