The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release
Christine Lindstrom
Education Program Director

Office: (617)747-4330


Wall Street Reform in the Senate Takes Steps to Rein in Private Student Lending

Statement from Chris Lindstrom, U.S. PIRG Higher Education Program Director


"On Friday, May 20, the
Senate passed S. 3217, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act.
The bill creates a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to protect
consumers of financial products, including private student loans.

"As states cut college
budgets and college costs rise, students are relying on private loans to help
defray costs. Private student loans are aggressively
marketed, and carry risky terms and high interest. Components of the
Senate bill that will address the problem include CFPB regulatory authority
over all private student loans and the creation of a Private Student Loan
Ombudsman for private student loan borrowers.

"We look forward to
working with both Senate and House leadership to further strengthen the Wall
Street reform legislation to provide comprehensive consumer protection for
private student loan borrowers in the final version of the legislation."

"To read more about the
effort to ensure that the consumer watchdog agency can adequately rein in
private student loans, visit U.S.
PIRG's website."

U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.