According to the New York Times, for each student who defaults on a loan, at least two more fall behind in payments on their student debt, a new study has found. The Institute for Higher Education Policy, a nonprofit organization, said in a report that two out of five student loan borrowers were delinquent at some point in the first five years after they started repaying their loans. Almost a quarter of the borrowers used an option to postpone payments to avoid delinquency. The institute said the goal of its study was to develop a fuller picture of the debt burden that students face by compiling data on students who have trouble repaying their loans, but do not default…

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