College student loans have become an everyday thin for all students in all corners of the world. Before, students have to juggle work and studies if their family cannot afford such investments. But now, studying can be a breeze despite financial difficulties. And students can do away with demanding work in order to focus on the rigors of education.
Before, college student loans are only offered by universities and colleges for their students. Later on, the government and the private sector helped in providing such services to the students. It has indeed become a very lucrative business for the private sector. Most of the time, the educational institutions are either working hand in hand with the government or the private sector. Usually there are financial aid officers in each university who can help student in getting access to such services and in determining which loan package can help them or is suitable for their status.
But most of the time this is affected by the tie- ups of the school with private providers and the regulations laid- out by the government for controlling these matters. Needless to say, these loans are indeed helpful especially at times like these when the economy is in bad shape yet price of educations, and all goods in general, are skyrocketing. But the catch is always on finding the right package for the needs of the students and to spend such loans wisely or else they might find themselves a few years later with diploma but saddled in too much debt.
It is very important to understand the terms of the loans- repayment schemes, interest rates and whether or not their loan providers offer help or assistance for unwanted or inadvertent circumstances that may get in the way of payment. Another thin to consider would be whether such loans can help them or not, if it can cover the whole education expenses to deserve whatever interest rate or terms that they require in return.
This prompted the government to intervene by enacting laws and programs that can protect the students and help them in repaying such loans because if they don’t students would just be another culprit in the instigation of another credit crunch that can imperil the economy. Not only will students be saddled with debt after graduation, they will be pushed to take high paying jobs and ignore “public/service oriented works” like works in government.
This raises very important questions as to the real nature of college student loans. These loans are meant to help students who are in need of financial help to augment their finances. Hence, these loans should be tailor cut to the situation and capacity of the students. In addition, these should not be taken as another business venture for profit.
At the same time, universities should be cognizant of the fact that these loans are meant for financially needy students and not to the more affluent ones must because they are the ones who are guaranteed to pay back such money, because if universities do these, then the essence of student loans is defeated.