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Senator Brown supports bill to make student loans more clear
The Know Before You Owe Act would increase disclosure and transparency between college students and lenders
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says more transparency in college loans will prevent predatory lending. His bill would add language to the Truth in Lending Act to help students understand the terms of school loans.
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Student debt now exceeds $1 trillion in the U.S. and that is one of the main reasons Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is supporting a new law to improve college students’ understanding of school loans.

Brown announced during a conference call Tuesday that he is co-sponsoring the Know Before You Owe Act. The bill is intended to increase disclosure and transparency between college students and lenders.

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“There’s no question there’s enough information available to all of us in this society for darn near anything. The problem is the quality of the information, the presentation of it – that you shouldn’t have to be a lawyer to understand this.”

Among other things, Brown’s bill would require private lenders to provide students with updated information about their loans at least once every three months.

The bill also requires lenders submit an annual private student loan report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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