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Mitchell D. Weiss

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Mitchell D. Weiss is an experienced financial services industry executive and entrepreneur. He is an Executive in Residence at the University of Hartford and co-founder of the university’s Center for Personal Financial Responsibility. His books include Life Happens: A Practical Course on Personal Finance from College to Career
and Business Happens: A Practical Guide to Entrepreneurial Finance for Small Businesses and Professional Practices—both of which are now undergraduate courses that Mitch teaches at the university and elsewhere.

Unstacking the Deck for Student Loan Borrowers

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Unstacking the Deck for Student Loan Borrowers

Unstacking the Deck for Student Loan Borrowers

The proliferation of mandatory arbitration clauses in our everyday borrowing, purchasing and even working lives is once again making news. In their excellent New York Times series, business writers Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Robert Gebeloff and Michael Corkery note that the use of this constitutional-rights-limiting language has become commonplace to the point that we’ve come to accept... Read More

The Presidential Candidates Are Spinning Their Wheels on College Costs

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The Presidential Candidates Are Spinning Their Wheels on College Costs

The Presidential Candidates Are Spinning Their Wheels on College Costs

Debt-free college. Tuition-free college. These concepts are garnering a lot of attention on the presidential campaign trail. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s plan proposes to make debt-free college a reality with targeted tax increases, limits on institutional spending and devising controls to prevent the schools from gaming whatever system ends up being put into... Read More

Are Student Loan Servicers the Bad Guys or the Fall Guys?

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Are Student Loan Servicers the Bad Guys or the Fall Guys?

Are Student Loan Servicers the Bad Guys or the Fall Guys?

There is plenty of blame to go around for the student-loan-debt debacle, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau along with the Departments of Education and Treasury are particularly interested in the role that the loan-servicing industry has played. In its recent report on student loan payment performance, the CFPB analyzed some 30,000 comments it received... Read More

Why Investors Are Bailing on Student Loans

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Why Investors Are Bailing on Student Loans

Why Investors Are Bailing on Student Loans

The very same loan-relief programs that the federal government has put into place to help millions of financially distressed student borrowers is wreaking havoc within the investment community. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the issue is no longer a matter of whether these borrowers will be able to repay their debts; it’s... Read More

Should We Scrap Higher Education As We Know It?

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Should We Scrap Higher Education As We Know It?

Should We Scrap Higher Education As We Know It?

Tim Pawlenty appears to have given a lot of thought to the problem of the high cost of higher education. In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, the former governor of Minnesota sets forth a number of cost-cutting recommendations, which he urges the nation’s colleges and universities to adopt posthaste. In particular, Pawlenty challenges institutions... Read More

Are Lower-Income Students Really to Blame for the Student Loan Problem?

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Are Lower-Income Students Really to Blame for the Student Loan Problem?

Are Lower-Income Students Really to Blame for the Student Loan Problem?

In a continuing effort to disprove what it calls “the so-called student-loan crisis in the U.S.,” the Brookings Institution recently published a paper in which the authors conclude that the heightened level of student-loan defaults is largely attributable to the actions of non-traditional borrowers: students attending for-profit schools, and the nation’s community colleges. That for-profit-school... Read More

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