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Sallie mae sparks student protests
by Anne O’Dell
 
At an April 27 Sallie Mae seminar in Los Angeles, Southern California students showed up to protest the education lending giant’s stand on the Single Holder Rule, which eliminates refinancing options for many college students and graduates.

Students called Sallie Mae “a predatory lender” and accused the company of discouraging competition through disingenuous means.

Sallie Mae is the largest education lender in the country. Its closest competitor is Citibank; still, Sallie Mae originates, holds, and consolidates more than four times the volume of loans that Citibank does.

The “Single Holder Rule” prohibits borrowers from choosing which company will consolidate their student loans if only one lender holds all education loans. For example, a student whose school automatically assigned her loans to Lender X and who did not actively decide to use a different lender may now not choose to consolidate her loans using Lender Y.

Since Sallie Mae is the only holder for many individuals’ student loans, the company stands to gain billions now that the rule is being actively enforced. One protester called the rule “the single most anti-competitive, anti-consumer law in the country”

At the protest, one student carried a picket sign reading: “What Do Sallie Mae and Tanya Harding have in common? They both eliminated competition.”

Others displayed slogans such as “Sallie Mae is number one because she got rid of everyone,” and “Sallie does not have our best interest rate at heart.”

The group also distributed critical articles from Fortune, the New York Times, and nationally syndicated columnists.



 


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