A government student-loan website may soon treat private loan companies more favorably

The private student loan industry may soon get more favorable treatment on the government’s financial-aid website.

Right now, the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid website presents private student loans as an option students should only consider after loans offered by the government. But the site could soon take a less-biased approach towards private loans, according to reports of a speech given by Wayne Johnson, the head of FSA’s strategy and information office at a lending conference on May 9.

Johnson’s speech indicated that the Department “might move to assist private student lenders in building awareness amongst student populations that are unserved by federal loans.

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