Avoiding Student Loan Default
The Department of Education keeps a record for each college of the percentage of students who go into default on their student loans over a 3-year period after entering repayment, a measurement called a Cohort Default Rate (CDR). Texarkana College’s CDR for its only available year so far (FY 2013) was 31.2%. In the 2015-2016 school year, 19% of our total undergraduate students borrowed student loans.
Texarkana College takes the issue of student loan default very seriously, and we consider successful loan repayment an integral part of overall student success. Luckily, with the options available to you, there is no valid reason anyone should have to go into default on their student loan. Options such as income-based repayment mean that there is a payment plan made to fit any budget, there are loan forgiveness or discharge options available to students in certain circumstances, and you can ask for temporary breaks called “deferment” or “forbearance” if needed. The key to all of these is talking to your student loan servicer (the third-party company managing your loan on the government’s behalf) and staying in good contact with them.
If you are unsure who your loan servicer is, you can log in to https://nslds.ed.gov or https://studentaid.ed.gov using your FSA ID (FAFSA login). These web sites will give you a full record of your loan borrowing history and all the contact information you will need to speak to your loan servicer. You can also learn more about avoiding loan default here. If you are graduating or taking a break from school, be sure to complete Exit Counselling on https://studentloans.gov to ensure you get to take advantage of your full 6-month grace period. Finally, don’t hesitate to contact our Loan Coordinator at 903-823-3352 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance with finding your loan servicer.