Advisory Group to Examine Student Loan Debt Collection
by Kevin Niedermier
Later this month a newly formed Ohio Attorney General’s advisory group will meet to start examining the issue of student loan debt collection.
The Ohio attorney general is obligated to collect unpaid student debts at the public universities. The advisory group will make sure the issue is being handled uniformly at all universities, and that students are better educated on how student loans work.
“Ensuring that they are wide and smart consumers when they borrow, and that they actually understand that when they do graduate or leave the institution that they have a responsibility to repay the student loan,” says Angela Johnson, Executive Director of Enrollment Operations at Cuyahoga Community College and one of the advisory group’s 15 members.
Other members of the advisory group include state lawmakers, student representatives, attorneys, debt management experts and other public university officials. Johnson says Ohio consistently ranks near the top nationwide in uncollected student loans. At the end of 2014, student loan debt in the U.S. reached one-point-two-Trillion dollars.