Over the last year I’ve sat in Starbucks and heard many a student complain and moan, then laugh about their huge student loan debt. Well, I don’t find it the least bit funny, nor do I approve of our government paving the way to yet another bubble building exercise, but that’s what’s happening, meanwhile colleges and universities have experienced more demand than supply so they have added on new wings, new degree programs and expanded campuses, all the while raising tuition costs to; whatever the market will bear.
In some regards I find it fascinating that the left-leaning academia will continually trash on free-market capitalism while they create a Disneyland type of environment which is not based in any sort of economic reality, then have the brass nuts to tell us how to run our economy.
Now then, there was an interesting piece on MSNBC Money online news on September 2, 2013 titled; “9 Ways to Cut Your Student Loan Debt” – For many, repaying student loans is a burdensome process. Here are some programs that can lend a helping hand,” in which the article sported many novel ideas from getting scholarships to good negotiation. But I have a better idea, get a job, or quit school.
Want to know what’s even worse? Well, the Wall Street Journal has reported that “JP Morgan Will Exit the Student Loan Business,” by Dan Fitzpatrick and Robin Sidel, September 6, 2013 which noted that the company only made $200 million in 2012 from their student loan activities, and yet lent out over $6 billion. What does this mean, it means that with the number of defaults and the chances of these student loans going bad, they cannot risk the losses for such little revenue gains. Congress and the Obama Administration put in price controls, as most socialist countries due in various sectors to no avail disallowing the raising of interest rates even when more and more student loans go into default.
If the banks cannot make money in this sector or making these types of loans they will stop, once they stop there will be fewer loans. Anytime price controls are instituted, and we know this not only from history but as any good student of micro-economics, there will be shortages. JP Morgan although not the largest player in the sector, is still a well-known name and if they’ve decided to do this others will follow, just as opponents to the interest rate moratoriums had predicted, as did I. Please consider all this and think on it.