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State audit finds high default rate on need-based student loan program



by Dave Williams | Dec 2, 2021 | Capitol Beat News Service

ATLANTA – Georgia’s need-based, low-interest student-loan program has a high default rate that serves to limit its success, a new state audit has found.

About 31% of borrowers participating in the Student Acce...

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  1. Georgia should take the SAL funds and invest in elementary, middle, and high charter schools that will provide the basic education, discipline, and study skills that students need to be successful in higher education. It will not happen since our education system has morphed into a non-profit business that exists only to pay the salaries of the administrators and instructors. Colleges and universities will gladly accept as many poorly prepared high school graduates as possible to keep the classrooms full. They will also gladly grant you a degree for which there is no demand in the current job market.

  2. “The audit concludes it’s no surprise a program that primarily attracts low-income students would suffer from a high default rate.” While the term “low-income” may be tangentially accurate, the term “low-performing” is a far more salient and germane descriptor.

  3. “SAL receives $26 million in Georgia Lottery proceeds each year to help borrowers with postsecondary costs.” So, our Georgia Lottery funds are no longer an exclusive, qualifying scholarship based fully on academic merit! I was not aware of this prior to reading this news article. So sad! The under-privileged in our state should have secondary education funds available (as loans), but the Georgia Lottery is not the ticket to ride unless it is earned.

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