In an effort to prevent student loan defaults, the US government announced last week it would consolidate student loans and provide loans to those who can’t afford to repay their loans. 

The plan comes at a time when the government is looking to increase its share of the US economy.

 According to the Wall Street Journal, the government’s $3.6 trillion student loan debt has more than tripled since 2010, reaching $4.5 trillion by 2021. 

With the government now taking over the student loan industry, the industry is expected to grow by 25 percent over the next two decades, according to AARP. 

“I don’t think we can have a society where people have to live with their parents or grandparents because they’re not able to get a loan to pay for a college education,” said Dr. Matthew E. Pascale, executive director of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

While some of the consolidation proposals are designed to keep up with a changing marketplace, others are aimed at making student loan payments easier for the public. 

At the end of March, the Department of Education announced that it would offer a loan forgiveness program for first-time borrowers, who were already eligible for federal student loans.

The loan forgiveness will be based on the federal student loan forgiveness cap, which is $5,000 per year for families with two or more children. 

 Under the program, borrowers will receive up to $3,000 forgiven if they take out a new or existing Federal Perkins Loan for the first time and have a minimum payment of $25,000 on the loan. 

Under this program, the loan forgiveness is available to anyone who is at least 21 years old, and is able to pay off their loans within 180 days of making the application.

At the same time, the federal government will reduce the monthly payments on federal student aid by $25 for borrowers who take out more than $1,000 in loans, up to a maximum of $2,000.

Under the plan, borrowers are also eligible for loans forgiven if the borrower can’t meet a payment of the minimum amount for the loan in a 12-month period. 

As part of the program announced last month, borrowers can also take out up to 25% of their loans, at a maximum $25 per borrower.

This is the latest in a series of government consolidation plans aimed at helping the student loans industry grow.

A report from the Center for American Progress estimated in June that consolidation could cost $15.3 billion by 2022. 

In 2018, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis released its latest report on the student debt crisis.

The report said consolidation is a key way to make the US student loan system more competitive and more affordable, because it will give lenders more flexibility in pricing and pricing incentives for loans.

“Consolidation will also increase the amount of loan servicing available to borrowers,” the report said.

The report also noted that the student lending market was already overburdened by the size of the student-loan market.

Consolidating student loans will allow the government to offer a wider range of loan products and will provide a path to repayment. 

Despite the consolidation plans, there’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the student lender industry. 

Currently, there are about 4.7 million student loan borrowers nationwide, according the US Department of Justice.

According to the US Census Bureau, there were 2.8 million borrowers with a combined student loan and home loan balance of $8.6 billion in 2016.

With the consolidation efforts, there is also the question of how the government will keep student loans affordable to students. 

To help answer that question, the Obama administration announced last Thursday that it will release data about how many students have taken out a Federal Direct Loan and how much they are paying back. 

But the Department will not release any additional information on how many borrowers have taken on additional loans to pay back their loans as of the end for the 2017 fiscal year. 

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