Student Loan Servicers: What Consumers Need to Know
Student Loan Servicer complaints will be accepted starting July 1, 2018.
When the Student Loan Servicer Program opens on July 1, 2018, the Department will provide support to help address inquiries and complaints related to servicing issues. Until then, if you are unable to resolve a dispute by contacting the Student Loan Servicer, you may follow up with the company’s ombudsman, if available. The following federal resources also are available:
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
U.S. Department of Education
ResourcesStudent Loan Consumer Advisory (PDF, 2017)
Links to Related Consumer Laws
Assembly Bill 461 (Muratsuchi, Chap. 525, Stats. 2017) This new law excludes from gross income, for taxable years 2017 through 2021, student loan debt that is cancelled under income contingent repayment plans for public service and other employees administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Assembly Bill 1178 (Calderon, Chap. 448, Stats. 2017) This new law requires, commencing with the 2018-19 award year, that each higher education institution, except for the California Community Colleges, to the extent possible, send an individualized letter to their students regarding information on their student loans.
On January 2, 2018, the DBO will begin using the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLS) to manage Student Loan Servicer Licensees. Through NMLS, entities will have the option to apply for, or amend, its license conveniently and safely online. Specific licensing information will be added to this website by December 1, 2017.