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Cryn Johannsen
Cryn Johannsen is the founder and executive director of All Education Matters, and is a leading expert on the student lending crisis and higher education finance reform. She is currently writing a book about the student loan debt fiasco. Cryn loves to travel and live abroad, and she has lived on three continents and in 13 cities.

What Happens If You Default on Federal Student Loans – Tips to Avoid It

By Cryn Johannsen

loan default can make life difficultDefaulting on any form of student loan, whether private or federal, is a nightmare. But when it happens with federal loans, Uncle Sam is merciless. Currently, there are 36 million Americans with federal student loans, and a growing number of these borrowers are struggling or unable to pay their monthly balances. Not surprisingly, the Department of Education reported that default rates have risen at an alarming pace in the past few years.

Many borrowers are finding it difficult to keep up with payments for the following reasons:

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  • High unemployment, especially among recent grads
  • A slumping economy
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