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According to researchers from the Education Data Initiative, student loan debt in the U.S. currently totals $1.73 trillion and is growing six times the rate of the nation’s economy. COVID-19 has only exasperated the crisis, with the total, nationwide student loan debt balance growing by 8.28% in 2020 – the biggest spike since 2013. And, the government’s emergency federal student loan payment suspension is scheduled to end on Jan. 31, 2022.

A new partnership between the Brookfield, Wis.-based core processor Fiserv and technology firm FutureFuel.io aims to chip away at the student loan debt crisis, the two entities announced last week. Fiserv will leverage FutureFuel.io’s machine-learning-driven repayment platform to allow its community financial institution clients, including credit unions, help customers and members manage their debt and strengthen their financial portfolios, according to an announcement from the companies.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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