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Reducing Direct Loan Defaults Using Late Stage Delinquency Assistance (LSDA)


How to Implement LSDA

Direct Loan Coalition Partners with FSA

Official Cohort Default Rates
10.00% 8.00% 6.00% 4.00% 2.00% 0.00% 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 8.80% 6.90% 5.60% 5.90% 5.40%

Makeup of Cohort Rate
Cohort Default Contribution by School Type
100% 75% 50% 25% 0% 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

4 Year Private 4 Year Public 2 Year Private 2 Year Public Proprietary

Borrower Delinquency Pattern
Stafford Borrower Delinquency Pattern 12 Month Average


Percentage of Total Delinquency




10% 5%

0% 31-60 61-90 91-120 121-150 151-180 181-210 211-240 241-270 271-300 301-330 331-360

Days Past Due

Defaulter Characteristics
Ø 84% do not receive the advantage of the full 6 month

grace period as a result of late enrollment notification
Ø 71% have withdrawn from school and did not

complete studies
Ø 43% have had bad telephone numbers at the time of

Ø 58% have not successfully been contacted by

telephone during the 360 day collection effort during delinquency
12 month average of Stafford borrowers - all cohort years

Why is LSDA Working ?
Ø Schools say, “It’s the right thing to do.” Ø Schools find that LSDA is practical,

straightforward, effective and inexpensive.

The Tools
Ø Direct Loan Web Site gives you the flexibility to

identify the borrower population you want to work.
Ø The Direct Loan Servicing Center is available to

assist .They can provide the LSDA users guide and tips. They will also assist you while on a call with a delinquent borrower. – School Services: 1-888-877-7658
M-F 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST. – Loan Counseling : 1-800-848-0981 Available for “off hours” M-F 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. & Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST.

With the Web Site you can see as little or as much as you want

NEW! Late Stage Delinquency Assistance (LSDA) Report
The Late Stage Delinquency Assistance Report provides the most recent report of borrowers from your institution that are between 241 and 360 days delinquent and that can affect your cohort default rate.

Ø Over 500 schools have indicated an

interest in doing LSDA. Ø Hundreds of documented three way calls have been accomplished. Ø It’s worth doing: –Over 80% stay saved after 14 months. –Over 75% stay saved after 24 months.

LSDA Works for All Schools
Percent Default
0% 36% 40% 49% 52% 57% 59% 60% 64% 65% 67% 67% 70% 73% 78% 59%

Technical Institute Institute of Technology College University Memorial College College State University State University College College State University College of Business University University University

2 25 10 41 21 23 32 50 36 23 66 15 23 11 9 387

0 9 4 20 11 13 19 30 23 15 44 10 16 8 7 229

2 16 6 21 10 10 13 20 13 8 22 5 7 3 2 158

Percent Rescued
100% 64% 60% 51% 48% 43% 41% 40% 36% 35% 33% 33% 30% 27% 22% 41%


Sample LSDA Results
Total Late Stage Number Percent Borrowers Rescued Rescued 1st Sample 683 218 32% 2nd Sample 387 158 41% Total 1070 376 35%
Ø Hundreds of delinquencies resolved immediately

through three way calls with DL Servicing
Ø Over 500 schools have indicated desire to work with

Ø Downward trend in DL Program Cohort Default Rate

Effective Implementation
Ø Plan Ø Make it someone's responsibility Ø Schedule Ø Tips from others Ø Refine

Tips for Success
Ø Use a light touch – remember you are there to help, not to collect. Ø Call at different times of the day – more people are home in the

evening and you can call from home using a calling card.
Ø Mailing personal handwritten notes has been

Ø Use contact information from the Web, Ø student Email addresses, Perkins Loan info, Ø Registrar’s Office, Alumni Office, etc. Ø Send out information on repayment options,

deferments and forbearance.
Ø Connect the student with the Service Center

in a three-way call.
Ø Be creative! You can make a difference.


“I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks and appreciation for your help with my direct student loan. It had become a sore issue that I found difficult to face, being that I had no answers regarding payment. I was not aware of deferment options regarding unemployment, just those associated with schooling. Thanks again for your help and persistence.” ~Student “I’m glad you cared enough to contact me and not give up on me when I had just about given up on myself.” ~ Student



“Borrowers are grateful that someone is willing to work with them and help them get through the critical point. A lot of the borrowers do not realize the seriousness of defaulting and the options that are available.” ~Margaret Pearson, San Antonio College/Career Centers

In Your Book
Ø LSDA Report Ø Look at the first name

– You can help that person! Ø Tips Ø Testimonials

DL Coalition/FSA Collaboration
Ø Reduce Delinquency and Default Ø In the Stafford and Perkins Loan Programs Ø Using Late Stage Delinquency Assistance

DL Coalition/FSA Collaboration
Contact Information Phyllis Hooyman 616-395-7765 National Direct Student Loan Coalition

What’s Next ?
When you return to campus: Ø Make LSDA part of your routine. Ø Create local LSDA workshops for colleagues/schools. Ø Early Stage Delinquency Prevention. AND Ø Ensure timely and accurate enrollment status change updates at NSLDS.

Questions and Comments

Contact Us:
4 School Relations Branch (404) 562-6269 4 Quality Management, Borrower Services (202) 377-3271 4 Phyllis Hooyman Director of Financial Aid Hope College (616) 395-7765

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