Ohio sued over student-loan collection fees
Bill collectors and law firms working for the Ohio attorney general’s office are tacking unreasonably high charges onto the amounts they try to collect from people with long-overdue student loans, according to lawsuits filed by the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.
One man said he doesn’t even remember taking out loans totaling $900 in the early 1970s, but the state wants to add more than $1,500 in collection costs to the $2,368 he owes in principal, interest and late fees.
The society has filed lawsuits on behalf of four people who were sued by Ohio State University last year. According to Legal Aid lawyer Scott Torguson, a law firm hired by Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office to sue for judgments against the four violated state and federal laws by demanding excessive collection costs.