Not even one week after I called the federal government’s Income-Based Repayment (IBR) plan a “bureaucratic, protracted Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plan,” and recommended that the government give debtors the real thing instead, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, The New America Foundation (NAF), published a report titled, “Safety Net or Windfall? Examining the Changes to Income-Based Repayment for Federal Student Loans.” Using as its jumping-off point advertising that NAF researchers found on the website of a small financial planning company called The Advantage Group, the report recoils at the prospect of high-income law school graduates disproportionately benefiting from changes to IBR set to take effect in 2014, if not sooner.
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