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NHHEAF Has Lowest Student Loan Default Rate

Published Thursday Oct 18, 2018

NHHEAF Has Lowest Student Loan Default Rate

New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) has the lowest three-year Cohort Default Rate (CDR) in the nation at 3.1 percent, thanks to comprehensive default aversion activities.

The U.S. Department of Education recently released the Fiscal Year 2015 CDR for student loan lenders, loan holders and guaranty agencies participating in the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. The Three-Year National Average Cohort Default Rate fell from 11.5% for Fiscal Year 2014 to 10.8% for Fiscal Year 2015. This marks the second consecutive year NHHEAF has led the nation’s 24 guaranty agencies with the lowest rate.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education publishes cohort default rates based on the percentage of a guaranty agency’s student borrowers who enter repayment on FFEL program loans during a federal fiscal year (October 1–September 30) and default before the end of the next two fiscal years.

For six of the last seven years, NHHEAF has led the nation’s guarantors in this important metric. Vice President and Chief Servicing Officer Sara Tremaine says, “Our loan counseling team takes great pride in working diligently with at-risk student loan borrowers, providing helpful guidance as they navigate repayment of their federal student loans.”

In addition to personalized support during repayment, NHHEAF’s Center for College Planning (CCP) provides speakers and educational material targeted at providing local high school and college students with the tools they need to make informed student loan borrowing decisions. To learn more, visit the Signature Events & Initiatives section of 

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