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CFPB:. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau… What it means to you in Higher Education! October 26, 2014 Carl Perry – Progressive Financial Services, Inc. Agenda:. Overview of CFPB Higher Education Who is who? Your Business Partners. Overview of CFPB:. Key Players in CFPB:.

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CFPB:

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…

What it means to youin Higher Education!

October 26, 2014 Carl Perry – Progressive Financial Services, Inc.

agenda
Agenda:

Overview of CFPB

Higher Education

Who is who?

Your Business Partners

key players in cfpb
Key Players in CFPB:
  • Management
    • Richard Cordray, Director
    • Rohit Chopra, Assistant Director – Students
    • Holly Petraeus, Assistant Director – Service Member Affairs
  • Relationships
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Treasury
    • Department of Justice
    • Veterans’ Affairs and Department of Defense
role responsibilities
Role & Responsibilities:
  • CFPB established to protect consumers:
    • Conduct rule-making, supervision, and enforcement for Federal consumer financial protection laws
    • Restrict unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices
    • Take consumer complaints
    • Promote financial education
    • Research consumer behavior
    • Monitor financial markets for new risks to consumers
    • Enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance
  • President Obama appointed Richard CordrayDirector, CFPB in Jan 2012
role responsibilities1
Role & Responsibilities:
  • Not regulators of schools, but of financial institutions
    • Seek to arm schools with better tools to evaluate financial institutions’ offerings
  • When the school is a lender…
    • Partnerships with banks
    • High cost private loans
    • Advocating redefinition of disclosure requirements to include TVII (HHS) loans with ‘federal loans’
2013 2014 strategic priorities
2013-2014 Strategic Priorities:
  • Greater involvement in the private loan process
    • Requiring school certification of ALL private loans
  • Financial education
    • Research shows much of the financial literacy efforts are ineffective
  • Servicing
  • Collections
  • Incentive payments to schools*
cfpb requests information
CFPB Requests Information:
  • Financial Products Marketed to Students Enrolled in Institutions of Higher Education
    • Focus on ‘campus affinity products’
      • Financial products and services that carry an endorsement (either explicit or implicit) or mark of an institution of higher education, e.g., ‘one card’ student ID-purchase cards; disbursement debit cards, etc.
      • Not an investigation of any agreement or school, but a quest to understand how schools enter into these agreements
  • Continue to request information regarding issues that are of interest to CFPB
prior requests for information
Priorrequests for Information:
  • Initiative to Promote Student Loan Affordability
    • Focus on alternative repayment options for private student loan borrowers
    • Comments were due by April 8, 2013
    • CFPB did a ANPRM

on the FDCPA in early 2014

higher education
Higher Education:
  • Resource and advocate

versus regulator

  • Inform policy making
  • Create tools for prospective borrowers
    • Drive students and families to borrow less
  • Address underutilized federal borrowing capacity
financial aid shopping sheet

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet:

Estimated Cost

of Attendance

Grants and

Scholarships

Net Costs

Work Options

Loan Options

Other Options

financial aid shopping sheet1

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet:

  • The Department of Education and the CFPB introduced the financial aid shopping sheet
    • An effort to make information about the cost of college and financial aid packages more transparent and comparable for students and parents
    • Schools that signed onto the Principles of Excellence would be required to send the Shopping Sheet to prospective undergraduate students who are veterans or active duty military, and their families.
      • Use of the Shopping Sheet for any other student is voluntary
more on financial aid shopping sheet

More on Financial Aid Shopping Sheet:

  • Institutions would not be required to substitute this Shopping Sheet for their own financial aid award letters
  • Populated data will be based on comparable schools as defined by the Department
  • http://www.nasfaa.org/advocacy/award-letter/CFPB,_ED_Issue_Final_Version_of_Financial_Aid_Shopping_Sheet.aspx
annual report of the cfpb student loan ombudsman
Annual Report of the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman:
  • The CFPB received nearly 2,900 public private student loan complaints
    • This is a relatively small number given that there are more than $150 billion in private student loans outstanding
    • The vast majority of the complaints were related to loan servicing and loan modification issues
    • Active-duty service members and their families reported that they sometimes experience difficulty exercising their rights under the Service Members Civil Relief Act
service member affairs
Service Member Affairs:
  • Focus on ‘Planning for Your Future’ & ‘Protecting Your Finances’
  • Planning for Your Future
    • Helping you save
    • Dollars for degrees
  • Protecting Your Finances
    • Accessing your VA benefits
    • Deployment and your credit card
service member affairs1
Service Member Affairs:
  • Learn about and raise awareness of unique military-friendly products already being offered by financial institutions
  • Start a dialogue between the financial-services industry and the military services about how to best serve those who serve our country
business processes impacted
Business Processes Impacted:
  • Private Loans
  • Debit/Campus Cards
  • Banking
  • Collection Agencies
private alternative loans
Private (alternative) Loans:
  • Lender Requirements
    • Statutory
    • Regulatory
  • Institutional Requirements
    • TILA
  • SLSA, NCHER & ACA are active here
  • Do we have input from the attendees?
debit cards
Debit Cards:
  • Student Refunds
    • Who issues cards
    • Students’ accounts
    • Fees
  • Vendors and Issues
    • Revenue sharing
nacubo s best practices debit cards
NACUBO’s Best Practices: Debit Cards:
  • Keep Students First
  • Encourage Students to Use Financial Institutions
  • Offer Choices
  • Encourage Electronic Refunds
  • Utilize a Competitive Process and Limit Exclusivity
  • Engage Students in the Vendor Selection Process
nacubo s best practices debit cards1
NACUBO’s Best Practices: Debit Cards:
  • Comply with Federal and State Regulations
  • Negotiate Low or No-Fee Options and Convenient Services for Students
  • Avoid Unscrupulous Marketing
  • Make Contracts Transparent
  • Do you have a best practice to share?
the cfpb oversight of consumer compliance rules from 7 agencies
The CFPB oversight of consumer compliance rules from 7 agencies:
  • Federal Reserve Board;
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency;
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.;
  • Office of Thrift Supervision;
  • National Credit Union Administration;
  • Federal Trade Commission; and
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
cfpb complaint portal
CFPB Complaint Portal:
  • http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/
  • What happens after I submit a complaint?

CFPB forwards your complaint to the company and work to get a response. After they forward your complaint, the company has 15 days to respond to you and the CFPB. Companies are expected to close all but the most complicated complaints within 60 days. You’ll be able to review the response and give CFPB feedback. If we find that another agency would be better able to assist, we will forward your complaint and let you know.

cfpb complaint portal1
CFPB Complaint Portal:
  • How will you use my information?

We forward the information you provide so the company can identify you and address your issue. We also share complaint data with state and federal agencies who oversee financial products and services, and we publish a database of non-personal complaint information so the public knows what kinds of complaints we receive and how companies respond.

banking
Banking:
  • Financial relationships/conditions in contracts.
  • Impact on students/families
collection agencies
Collection Agencies:
  • CFPB requirements on third party debt collectors.
  • I would make sure my agencies were on the portal!
  • Impact on colleges/universities.
  • What should you look for?
recent news
Recent News:
  • A report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cites a 38% increase in complaints from private student-loan borrowers, many of whom said lenders are not flexible about repayment terms. CBA General Counsel Steve Zeisel said most borrowers are successfully repaying their loans, but CBA is "working with the prudential regulators to develop short and long term loan modification programs to provide borrowers with more flexibility, particularly in the early stages of their career."
resources
Resources:

CFPB Website

www.consumerfinance.gov

CFPB RFI: Alternative Repayment Options for Private Student Loan Borrowers

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201302_cfpb_rfi_student_loan_affordability.pdf

CFPB RFI: Financial Products Marketed to Students

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/students/whats-the-deal/request-for-information-regarding-financial-products-marketed-to-students-enrolled-in-institutions-of-higher-education/

Private Student Loan Report Updated 8/29/2012

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/reports/private-student-loans-report/

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet:

http://www.nasfaa.org/advocacy/award-letter/CFPB,_ED_Issue_Final_Version_of_Financial_Aid_Shopping_Sheet.aspx

questions input
Questions & Input!
  • Carl Perry – 800-585-4986
  • cperry@progressivefinancial.com
  • Vice President of COHEAO
  • Senior Vice President
  • Thank you for your time and attention!