More Colleges Claim to Be No-Loan Zones, According to Ameritech Financial

Princeton University has a Debt-Free Program

Nearly 20 colleges are now considered no-loan schools, allowing students to study, earn their degrees, and launch into their careers free of crippling student loan debt. Led by Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, these colleges are not free but base net cost on the amount students and their families can be expected to contribute to their educations. This evolution is directly in response to the overwhelming student loan debt, over $1.5 trillion, that more than 44 million college students have taken on in pursuit of their degrees. Ameritech Financial, a document preparation company, is encouraged by this trend since it advocates every day for the financial well-being of borrowers who find themselves weighed down by the heavy burden of student loan debt.

“It is great news to hear that more and more universities are working toward making their students debt-free after college,” said Tom Knickerbocker, Executive Vice President of Ameritech Financial. “For those that didn’t have that option and are struggling with their student loan debt, we can perhaps help them find the right federal program, such as an income-driven repayment plan based on income and family size, that might lower their monthly payment enough to make their financial lives more manageable.”

Debt-free college is not meant to suggest that the cost of attendance at these schools is free. No-loan colleges attempt to cover the financial need of each family. Students are responsible for the expected family contribution (EFC) based on income, and the colleges then make up the difference with grants, scholarships, and financial aid. This drastically cuts, though doesn’t erase, student loan debt. For example, at Ivy League Schools, many of which claim to be debt-free colleges, only 17 percent of graduating students left school with student loan debt. This is in comparison to the national average of 66 percent.

It is great news to hear that more and more universities are working toward making their students debt-free after college.

Tom Knickerbocker

Executive Vice President of Ameritech Financial

Though 18 colleges report satisfying full financial need for each student with their no-loan policy, there are other schools that limit grant-only aid awards to students from lower- or middle-income households. For example, Massachusetts’ Williams College and Texas’ Rice limit their no-loan policy to financial aid packages to students who come from families that earn less than certain financial thresholds.

This development is significant as students and families wrestle with college costs and the economic fallout that borrowers face over student loan debt. More than 75 percent of families say they weigh cost and affordability as part of making decisions about college, prompting about three-quarters of students to stay in-state. To further reduce cost, more than half of those students now live at home. For those that have already amassed unmanageable student loan debt, Ameritech Financial can help borrowers navigate the sometimes complex or confusing process of applying for and maintaining enrollment in an IDR.

“Hopefully this is the beginning of some help for students so that they can leave college debt-free,” said Knickerbocker. “We have helped thousands of student loan borrowers who didn’t leave college debt-free save millions of dollars each month. We have helped them get their heads above water when they found themselves unable to keep up with household expenses and their student loan debt. If you are in that position, you should give us a call and utilize our expertise to see if we can help you.”   

About Ameritech Financial

Ameritech Financial is a private company located in Rohnert Park, California. Ameritech Financial has already helped thousands of consumers with financial analysis and student loan document preparation to apply for federal student loan repayment programs offered through the Department of Education.

Each Ameritech Financial telephone representative has received the Certified Student Loan Professional certification through the International Association of Professional Debt Arbitrators (IAPDA).

Ameritech Financial prides itself on its exceptional Customer Service.

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Ameritech Financial is a document preparation company that helps borrowers enroll in the federal repayment program that matches their individual financial needs, potentially lowers payments and gets them on track for student loan forgiveness.