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Letter to Senate Banking in support of extending maturity limit
Posted April 13, 2021 by CUNA Advocacy
CUNA wrote to the Senate Banking Committee in support of bipartisan legislation extending the loan maturity limit for federal credit unions would help more credit unions enter the student lending sector.  The Committee held a hearing to discuss the Student Debt Burden and Its Impact on Racial Justice, Borrowers, and The Economy.

“Total student loan debt in the United States has reached $1.7 trillion and is now the second largest factor of household, with the average graduate saddled with over $37,000. Yet, a recent study found that hiring for entry-level college graduate positions has fallen 45%, the letter reads. “While most student loans originate with the government, more and more credit unions are finding ways to support student borrowers through private loans.

“However, one barrier for many federal credit unions from entering the student lending sector is the 15-year loan maturity limit,” it adds.

Senators Tim Scott and Catherine Cortez Masto recently introduced the Expanding Access to Lending Options Act, that would increase the federal credit union loan maturity limit by five years.