Michigan Goes Hard After Student Loan Defaulters

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Former college students in the eastern half of Michigan get hauled into federal court for defaulting on their student loans at 10 times the rate of the national average.

That doesn’t mean more Michigan residents are stiffing the federal government on their loans – but it does mean they’re more likely to face legal consequences if they do.

A new report of federal data released by Syracuse University shows that there were 57 lawsuits filed to collect defaulted student loans in March, the second most in the nation -- and the highest rate per-capita.

Michigan's Eastern District covers 34 counties and has been at the top or near the top in federal student default civil lawsuits for the past five years.

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