Compare Colleges Find Scholarships Financial Literacy College Pulse

Categorized | News Room

7 Predictions – The Gradual Deflation of the Student Loan Bubble

The following is a guest article submitted by Carl Letamendi. He is a PhD student of Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in Crisis Management at Nova Southeastern University and also holds an MBA in Finance.

I made a prediction about a year ago that things were going to change in the student loan and education industry; based on being a student myself, having recently worked in financial aid and institutional collections, and also in enrollment service. I knew that there were many people out there, taking advantage of current loan programs, who only went to school for the refund generated to them each term as a means of earning an extra income, and some academic institutions were behind them encouraging enrollment based on the amount of refund money from student loans they were going to get. I knew that this would soon come to an end and that congress would catch on; and they did.

There is big news brewing behind the scene that seems to be getting swept under the rug. Effective July 2012, graduate students will no longer be able to get the much coveted Federal Subsidized Loan, which accrues no interest for the student until they are no longer enrolled in school. Although this is of no immediate impact to undergraduate students, those who are in Medical School, Law School, Graduate Business Programs, and any other graduate programs, should be very aware of what is going to happen in the next few years to come.

Being a current PhD student in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a Finance MBA-grad, whose research interests are in financial and economic anthropology and the dynamics of how people conflict and behave during a financial crisis, I boldly unravel my seven predictions for the near future for the “business” of education and the student loan industry when the student loan bubble starts to slowly deflate, after July 2012:

1) For profit, minimally endowed, and tuition-driven schools will start to close their doors. Over the past few years, we have seen people with mortgages that caved in on themselves that put people under water as well as insurance and financial institutions failing. My prediction is that schools are up next. The notion of the “survival of the fittest” doesn’t just apply to animals and banks as we have recently seen, but we will also soon see it happen with academic institutions. Schools with strong finances, that have made wise investments in the past, and that have a strong network of alumni contributing to their university’s endowment, will survive the gradual deflation of our next bubble (notice I didn’t say “burst”). With schools closing, this also means losses of jobs for those who were working in these for-profit and minimally endowed schools.

2) Fewer graduate students will be able to afford going to school. One of the motivating factors for a student deciding which school they will be attending is the amount of aid they are going to be receiving. If a student has to pay for tuition, or if they are going to be receiving a less favorable financial aid award package, they are less likely to attend that school. Students don’t usually cough up thousands of dollars out of pocket for tuition per term; they rely on scholarships and loans. If there is no money for school, students will probably not be able to afford it; especially if these students are unemployed, and optimistic about graduate school making them more competitive in the job market.

3) Students will reconsider the value of their graduate education. There are a lot of television programs and articles in magazines questioning the value of higher education all together; and showing the incomes of very wealthy non-degree holders. One thing that I advise people who speak parallel to the objective of these articles and shows is that we are in a different time now than at the time when these millionaires became rich. They were innovative, they had ideas, they found niches in the market and societal needs, and met those needs by introducing something new to the world. You can still be innovative while getting an education, but the weight of a high-school diploma in the 60s and 70s is much different than the weight of a high-school diploma in our day and age.

4) Admission decisions will be greatly affected. Universities usually boast on having a diversified pool of students from various states. With universities offering reduced rates to in-state students, and in some states also offering students state grants ,why would a student attend a much more expensive university outside of their state of residence, and end up paying more money and incurring more expenses? The dynamic will change, and universities need to figure out how to invest in external talent if they want to continue to get out-of-state students.

5) Higher interest rates. Graduate students who do elect to continue to pull loans after July 2012 will only be able to pull the unsubsidized loan. There will still be a good number of students who are unable to repay their student loans, and interest will still be accruing. This means an increase in student loan defaults. The way to ensure that at least some of the money is recovered is regrettably, by increasing rates to other borrowers, a practice that is not estranged to us who know the credit and lending world.

6) Educational grants will be reduced for subsequent students. I predict that graduate students who will be entirely affected by this, those of the 2014-2016 class, will be less likely to contribute to their university’s endowment – a pool of funds usually used to issue scholarship and institutional grants to students.

7) Reduction of the subsidized loan for undergrads may be out in the horizon. I believe that this change will undoubtedly filter out students who are only in school for the extra refund money generated as a result of their loan disbursements. The success of this change, may also impact undergraduate students in the years to come.

If you would like to chat more with Carl Letamendi, please feel free to drop him an email at:

RSS Subscribe Did you like this article? You can get all the latest articles sent to you by entering your email address in the box below and clicking "Subscribe." Your email will only be used for this subscription and you can unsubscribe at any time. You can also Follow Us on Twitter!

One Response to “7 Predictions – The Gradual Deflation of the Student Loan Bubble”

  1. Befreundete Websites Transenbilder und Videos bester Qualität werden Dir geboten.