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Some Michigan student loan borrowers eligible for relief under settlement

Loan servicing company Navient has agreed to a settlement on behalf of some of its borrowers.
Kris Tripplaar
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Sipa USA via Reuters
Loan servicing company Navient has agreed to a settlement on behalf of some of its borrowers.

More than 1,500 Michigan student loan borrowers have become eligible for a share of millions of dollars in debt relief as part of a multi-state settlement with a student loan company.

Until recently, Navient had a contract to service federal student loans, including a large portfolio of loans made under the Direct Loan Program.

But the company was accused of unfair and deceptive student loan servicing practices. Last week, Navient reached a settlement with 39 state attorneys general on behalf of more than 400,000 borrowers.

Under the settlement, borrowers get some debt relief. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said the “predatory practices used by Navient exploited students who wanted nothing more than an education."

Navient did not admit to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

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