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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.

The Wrong People Are Managing Your Student Loan Debt

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The Wrong People Are Managing Your Student Loan Debt

The Wrong People Are Managing Your Student Loan Debt

Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) received some disturbing news on leap year day 2016. That’s when the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General officially informed the senators that it had determined that the Education Department had failed to properly audit certain student-loan serving companies’ compliances with the... Read More

America’s Emerging Second Class: Student Loan Borrowers

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America’s Emerging Second Class: Student Loan Borrowers

America’s Emerging Second Class: Student Loan Borrowers

There’s been a lot of talk about citizenship so far during this presidential campaign season: specifically, the rights, responsibilities and privileges that inure to those who are naturally born or otherwise enjoy documented legal status, versus those who have taken up residency unlawfully. What has to this point gone unmentioned, however, is the extent to... Read More

The IRS Won’t Tax Corinthian Students’ Forgiven Loans… But What About Everyone Else?

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The IRS Won’t Tax Corinthian Students’ Forgiven Loans… But What About Everyone Else?

The IRS Won’t Tax Corinthian Students’ Forgiven Loans… But What About Everyone Else?

Given the horrible news of late, it’s understandable how some notices end up situated below the fold, buried in the back pages of newspapers and magazines, or relegated to non-mainstream outlets. Such is the case involving a recent Internal Revenue Service pronouncement. It concerns students who borrowed from the federal government to finance the cost... Read More

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

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