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Many Americans Face Student Loan Debt and Repayment

student loan debt and repayment

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In March of 2020, student loan payments were paused in response to the large-scale economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This pause has been extended six times and the moratorium on student loan payments and interests is set to expire on August 31, 2022.

The Federal Reserve recently revealed that almost 60% of borrowers who qualified for forbearance did not make a single payment from August 2020 through December 2021. Many borrowers will not be able to resume paying their student loans, likely leading to defaulting on their loan repayments once the moratorium is lifted due to strained budgets.

As of April 2022, student loan debt in the U.S. totaled $1.75 trillion, with about 1 in 8 Americans carrying some student debt. The average U.S. household saddled with student loan debt owes $57,520, according to NerdWallet’s 2020 household debt survey. In 2021, student loan borrowers’ debt balances are higher, as well as delinquency rates on credit cards, mortgages, and auto loans.

Reports indicate that the Biden administration is considering erasing $10,000 in federal student loan debt for all borrowers who earn less than $150,000. However, no decisions have been made yet.

As payments prepare to resume, employers can consider how to help employees and earn their long-term loyalty. Offering benefits such as a student loan repayment could give employers a competitive edge. Download the bulletin for more details.

National Insurance Services offers a Student Loan Solutions program for school district customers who meet specific parameters. This plan can provide student loan debt and forgiveness assistance for public school employees. Contact your NIS Representative for more details.

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Megan Ware

Megan Ware

Megan Ware is an outgoing and energetic person who loves meeting new people. Customers appreciate how attentive she is to their requests and how quickly the situation gets resolved. She comes from a family who works in the public sector, so she is happy that her role at National Insurance Services can help people just like her own. As a Market Development Representative, Megan works with Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota school districts, cities, counties, and hospitals. She is also responsible for establishing relationships with agents and expanding NIS’ presence in western states. Megan is a licensed insurance agent and specializes in life, disability, dental, and vision insurance. She has both a PPACA (Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act) certification and a GBDS (Group Benefits Disability Specialist) designation.