Presentation on theme: "Default Prevention Define Your Team & Develop Your Plan Dana Kelly, Trainer Nelnet Partner Solutions."— Presentation transcript:
Default Prevention Define Your Team & Develop Your Plan Dana Kelly, Trainer Nelnet Partner Solutions
How do you get a handle on default? You need a plan! Success is achieved when solid plans are developed and executed. A plan pulls together people and resources toward a common goal. The plan provides for consistency and allows for data to steer participants toward beneficial outcomes.
Define Your Team The job of your Default Prevention team is to: Determine the source of your default risk Decide what steps your school will take to reduce default risk Represent all parts of the institution (including management and students), which will contribute to risk reduction activities Allocate school resources to default reduction activities Assess the effectiveness of default reduction activities over time (Are they working?)
Team Members Members of the Default Prevention team may include: Senior school officials Representatives from various offices –Student Affairs –Academics –Enrollment Management/Admission –Other Student representatives
Define the Rules Have regularly scheduled meetings –Distribute agenda/minutes, discuss agreed upon assignments –Provide training about default and prevention Assign specific responsibilities in conjunction with your plan Evaluate progress and adjust the plan Celebrate and promote your successes
Getting into the Game Conduct a risk analysis first. Why? Creates understanding of who is defaulting and why Allows for an increase in effectiveness of default prevention efforts Reduces waste of time/resources Provides the right target populations to engage
The Data Use data to create a picture of borrowers at-risk of default Who is not enough. Why will require input of academic, student affairs, and other professionals. Knowing why is necessary to create targeted, useful, and measureable interventions.
Examples of Who Never contacted Developmental studies Late admits Early withdrawal Gradated License exam No exit counseling Unsatisfactory SAP Excessive debt Academic preparedness Academic probation No job in profession Certain majors Attendance issues Student employment Late majors
Examples of Why Finances/need Relationship issues Physical & mental health challenges Dependent-care Transportation Housing Poor study habits Basic skill deficits Language barriers Feel unwelcome, no campus connection First generation, no role models or family support Transition difficulties
Your Results Your who will be unique. Your why will also be unique and is vital to understanding your at -risk population. The team you create will translate the who and why into core strategies that work to promote student success and reduce default.
Possible Intervention Opportunities Enhanced entrance and exit counseling Financial literacy education Collect more useful contact information Early-stage (repayment) assistance Late-stage (repayment) assistance
Borrower Education is Fundamental Instill in borrowers that loan servicers are available to assist them. Who is their servicer? What does their servicer do? When should they contact their servicer? Where can they find out more about what their servicer offers? How to determine if they have multiple servicers (FFEL/ED Owned)?
Consider When it Makes Sense to Intervene Borrower education about repayment Financial literacy Gain additional or updated contact information Engage borrowers through social media for increased exposure
Consider When it Makes Sense to Intervene Use social media to promote good loan repayment Ask borrowers to contact you if they have questions Reiterate the importance of communicating with their servicer(s) Validate contact information Re-enrollment or transfer assistance Employment counseling and search assistance Job placement assistance
Consider When it Makes Sense to Intervene Contact borrowers in early-stage delinquency (30-90 days) directly Contact those in late-stage delinquency (210+ days) –By phone, if possible –Review servicer information and urge servicer contact Borrower engagement is a key factor in successful default prevention!
Leverage Points Identify your campus leverage points. Use these to gain active borrower participation. Admissions Entrance and exit counseling Probation/SAP Registration
Tips for In-Repayment Engagement Make phone calls (most effective) –Use a light touch. You are calling to help, not to collect. Mail handwritten notes Send letters and/or s – Hand-address regular envelopes – Use a stamp, not a postage meter – Consider colored envelopes or paper – Personalize the letter and sign it – Postcards can also be effective
Student Success Model Focus on helping borrowers develop a healthy relationship with their education –Increase program completion rates –Decrease program completion time –Help non-completers find a job –Successful students = successful borrowers –Leverage efforts to increase retention, graduation, and employment This model establishes cooperation campus-wide Goal is to ensure borrower completion Targets students at risk of unofficial or official withdrawal
Accountability Use what your data tells you. Identify your at-risk populations Reach out immediately with targeted campaigns Help them remain in school If theyve already left, help them return –May involve help to overcome obstacles If they will not return, help them understand their repayment obligations –Some think they do not owe anything because they left Learn about their experiences –Use this info to help other students stay in school
Evaluate your default prevention readiness 1.What was our schools FY 10 CDR? Draft 11? Are we likely to hit the 30% sanction level in September 2014? 2.What is the source of our default risk? Why is this an institutional issue? 3.Do we have the right team in place to develop and execute default prevention strategies? If not, who do we need to include on our team? 4.What general approach to default prevention strategies need to be considered in our plan to address the source of default risk? How will they work? Will they focus on measureable strategies? 5.How will the plan be executed, evaluated and adjusted? How/when will we communicate to management? Exercise: Evaluating Where You Are
Exercise: Getting To Where You Need to Be Clarify how you will get there 1.My default prevention team includes (who) because (why). 2.The buck stops at (executive/manager name). 3.Our CDR risk profile suggests (what). 4.Our traditional default prevention approaches include (what). 5.Our student-success focused default prevention approaches include (what). 6.Here are the elements we still need to add to our plan. (list). 7.Here are the steps necessary to complete our work. (list; see template in your handout)
Global default risk isnt going away. It will get worse over the next several years. While outside servicers can help, reducing specific borrower risk is an inside job. School leadership must be prepared to devote internal resources (people and time) to solve this problem. Leadership Buy-in
Questions or Discussion? Contact Information: Dana Kelly Regional Director/Trainer Nelnet Loan Servicing