Who Mismanages Student Loans and Why?
Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming
83 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2020 Last revised: 20 Jul 2023
Date Written: July 19, 2023
Many financially distressed students who qualify for federal assistance plans with interest moratorium and principal forgiveness instead accrue interest over long periods of nonpayment. This loan mismanagement is associated with higher delinquency. Mismanagement varies significantly across student gender and ethnicity: it is more prominent among male and non-white students. Mismanagement also varies across loan servicers, depending on proxies for student-adverse servicer policies. We consider explanations based on student selection and servicer treatment for loan mismanagement. Student financial literacy plays an important role but variation in treatment on the part of loan servicers appears more important.
Keywords: Student loans, Gender and ethnicity, Altruism, Household finance, Loan servicers
JEL Classification: D14, H52, H81, I22, I28
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