SEATTLE — The Silicon Valley model for its startups is well-known. Heck, there’s a Wikipedia for it. It centers on a simple principle: build a business that scales, no matter the initial profitability. And then scale it like mad. Or, in technical terms, build a business that has the potentialRead More
Post Tagged with: "Student Lending"
It’s hard to get millennials to open bank accounts. What do they need bank accounts for with all the great prepaid cards and other options out there? Boston-based First Trade Union Bank, already known for working with LevelUp on its payments app, is now partnering with SmarterBucks to produce a debit card that helps pay down student loans.
SoFi (Social Finance) just raised $80 million. How will it celebrate? By offering mortgages and personal loans, naturally. The company was founded by Stanford University Graduate School of Business graduates in 2011 to take on student loans. The idea was that students could finance their schooling by borrowing from alumni ofRead More
Sallie Mae, the leading student loan provider, recently announced it expects to spend $70 million to address issues raised by government and regulatory agencies about its lending practices. Based on our ongoing analysis of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) complaint database, this expense came as no surprise to Beyond the Arc. Sallie Mae could […]
CFPB Data Analysis Update
With the expansion of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) complaint database, companies are now able to examine consumer complaints for seven different product areas, including student loans. In the CFPB’s 2013 mid-year summary of student loans, they analyzed about 2,000 student loan complaints filed between October 2012 and March […]
The Financial Brand recently published an article by Brandon Purcell, Data Science Team Lead at Beyond the Arc, about the actions that student loan giant Sallie Mae could have taken to avoid increased oversight by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The article points out that if Sallie Mae had monitored and analyzed its customers’ […]