Government Policy on Student Loans - Do you Know the Rules?

By: Adam Hefner

The Federal Law of United States of America encourages that students apply for student loans for their education. The obvious objective is to have a much more educated United States of America. The laws stem from the belief that an educated workforce for tomorrow will help build a stable America. A lot of private lenders are encouraged to provide loans to students irrespective of their credit history. The Federal Government also seems to be supporting the cause with provision of federal grants.

That said, a lot of people feel that some of the government policy on student loans is due for a change. What needs to be looked at is the security of the students' credit rating on the loans' repayment. Essentially, repaying the loans as soon as they complete their studies is of paramount importance for the students. Consistent delay in paying off the loans could also impact the student's credit rating permanently.

Currently, the government policy on student loans is on the lines of getting back the benefits provided to students by ways of college loans. This is cleverly accomplished by means of employing higher interest rates on student loans. This coupled with the fact that some of the federal grants given to the students do not even fulfill up to 20% of the course fee amount puts a lot of strain on the government policy. As a law, the Federal Government also grants loans to people with bad credit. Though it is a commendable step taken by the government, it has also drawn a lot of criticism because these grants do not provide enough amount by ways of loans.

Critics have argued that the Federal Government must change the rule that the students' credit rating should not be impacted based on their repayment of the student loans. They are also advocating an increase in the moratorium period to about 2 years after the completion of studies. This, critics feel would give enough time for students to take up a job and start repaying their loans.

All said and done, I must say that the Federal Government of United States of America has done all it could do to enhance the provision of school loans. But as critics point out, there are obvious areas of improvement which need to be acted upon immediately. All that should be done to ensure that all concerned parties for loans are satisfied that the government policy on student loans is fair.

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