Student Loan Debt Protecting Student Borrowers By Michael Pope • Aug 22, 2019 Is the federal government doing enough to protect people with student loans? One Virginia Congressman is seeking action on the issue. More and More Students Are Defaulting On Loans in Virginia By Michael Pope • Apr 10, 2018 Taber Andrew Bain / Flickr More and more students are defaulting on their college loans. Could the State Get Into the Student Loan Business? By Mallory Noe-Payne • Jan 9, 2017 AP Photo / Steve Helber According to the state, more than half of Virginia college students graduate in debt, half of whom owe more than $25,000. Democratic state lawmakers are now proposing the state step in directly: by getting into the student loan business.