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Navient (Sallie Mae spinoff of student loan business) under federal investigation
Disclosure in Navient’s SEC filings:
On August 19, 2015, Navient Solutions, Inc. (“NSI”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navient Corporation (the “Company,” “we” or “us”), received a letter from the CFPB notifying NSI that, in accordance with the CFPB’s discretionary Notice and Opportunity to Respond and Advise (“NORA”) process, the CFPB’s Office of Enforcement is considering recommending that the CFPB take legal action against NSI. The NORA letter relates to a previously disclosed investigation into NSI’s disclosures and assessment of late fees and other matters and states that, in connection with any action, the CFPB may seek restitution, civil monetary penalties and corrective action against NSI.
The purpose of a NORA Letter is to ensure that a party being investigated by the CFPB has the opportunity to present its positions to the CFPB before an enforcement action is recommended or commenced, in the form of a written statement setting forth any reasons of law or policy why the party believes the CFPB should not take legal action against it. NSI continues to believe that its acts and practices relating to student loans are lawful and meet industry standards and, where applicable, the statutory or contractual requirements of NSI’s other regulators. As such, NSI intends to make a NORA submission to the CFPB.
The Company is committed to resolving any potential concerns. However, it is currently unable to predict the timing or outcome of the NORA process. The Company cannot provide any assurance that the CFPB will not ultimately take legal action against NSI or that the outcome of any such action, if brought, will not have a material adverse effect on the Company. It is also not possible at this time to estimate a range of potential exposure, if any, for amounts that may be payable in connection with these matters and, as a result, reserves have not been established.