Sallie Mae reports a pop in private student loans, bets college costs will rise

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Looks like Sallie Mae may have made the right call when it decided to split up its business.

The student company reported an 11% increase in loan originations in the third quarter compared to last year.

The company also said its private education loan charge-off rates dropped to 2.6 percent, the lowest level in five years.

Sallie Mae provides private student loans and also services loans for third parties including the federal government.

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