20 U.S. Code § 1087f - Contracts
The Secretary shall, to the extent practicable, award contracts for origination, servicing, and collection described in subsection (b) of this section. In awarding such contracts, the Secretary shall ensure that such services and supplies are provided at competitive prices.
The entities with which the Secretary may enter into contracts shall include only entities which the Secretary determines are qualified to provide such services and supplies and will comply with the procedures applicable to the award of such contracts. In the case of awarding contracts for the origination, servicing, and collection of loans under this part, the Secretary shall enter into contracts only with entities that have extensive and relevant experience and demonstrated effectiveness. The entities with which the Secretary may enter into such contracts shall include, where practicable, agencies with agreements with the Secretary under sections 1078(b) and (c) of this title, if such agencies meet the qualifications as determined by the Secretary under this subsection and if those agencies have such experience and demonstrated effectiveness. In awarding contracts to such State agencies, the Secretary shall, to the extent practicable and consistent with the purposes of this part, give special consideration to State agencies with a history of high quality performance to perform services for institutions of higher education within their State.
2013—Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 113–67, § 502(1)(A), struck out par. (4) which related to servicing by eligible not-for-profit servicers.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 113–67, § 502(1)(B), struck out subsec. (c) which defined eligible not-for-profit servicer for purposes of this section.
2010—Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 111–152, § 2212(a)(1)(A), added par. (4).
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 111–152, § 2212(a)(2), added subsec. (c).
2008—Subsec. (b)(2), (3). Pub. L. 110–227 inserted “or purchased” after “loans made”.
1998—Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 105–244, § 453(1), inserted “and” after semicolon.
Subsec. (b)(4), (5). Pub. L. 105–244, § 453(2), (3), redesignated par. (5) as (4) and struck out former par. (4) which read as follows: “services to assist in the orderly transition from the loan programs under part B of this subchapter to the direct student loan program under this part; and”.
1993—Pub. L. 103–66 amended section generally, substituting provisions relating to contracts for former provisions relating to terms and conditions.