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Steve Rhode
Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.

Is It True My Brother With Mental Illness Can Eliminate His Student Loans? – Josh

Desperate

“Dear Steve, My younger brother has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. He has fought bouts of depression, hallucinations, and paranoia for the last 5-6 years. He has been on numerous different powerful drugs to help him. He, thank god, has finally found one that helps him with some of his symptoms but no way near is he the same ... Read More »

I Filed Bankruptcy and Creditors Are Still Reporting Delinquent Debts. – Nancy

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“Dear Steve, I have a question with regards to bankruptcy and negative reporting by creditors. I filed for bankruptcy on 4/1/13 and the Bankruptcy Automatic Stay kept creditors from collection efforts. The bankruptcy was discharged on 7/31/13 which then reverted the automatic stay to a permanent discharge. From what I understand, creditors cannot collect on the discharged debts, as well ... Read More »

Were My Student Loans Eliminated in My Bankruptcy? – Erika

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“Dear Steve, I obtained a Private Student Loan through Loan to Learn (Educap, inc. 5Star bank) in 2004 for $30,000 that required payment towards a variable interest rate while in school. I have paid on time from 2004-2012 before facing a hardship. With an average monthly payment of $300 (sometimes higher, sometimes lower) I have paid well over $25,000. I ... Read More »

Sallie Mae Took Advantage of Me When I Was. – Nicolle

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“Dear Steve, I have 5 student loans, currently totally about $48,000 after 6+ years of repayment. Two of them are private loans at only about $1,300 each, another private is at about $8,000, my only federal loan is at $11,000, and my bear of a loan is a private loan with Sallie Mae, currently at approximately $26,000 (original borrowed amount ... Read More »

Should Me Son Cash Out an Annuity to Pay Off His Student Loans? – Tracy

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“Dear Steve, My son was given a generous gift of $10,000 by my husband’s aunt. The money was given for “education” and placed in a conservative investment annuity by the aunt. We never did anything with the account but accept the quarterly statements. My son has graduated from college, and is fully employed in his field. His loans are due, ... Read More »

Who is a Good Debt Consolidation Company to Work With? – Rondell

Sagging Economy

“Dear Steve, Im 49 years old, gross about $60,000 a year, im about $27,000 in debt want and need to get this debt off my back , tried doing it myself, writing creditors, obtaining credit reports, etc, some of my debt is so old its been sold off to other companies over and over. I’m thinking about getting a debt ... Read More »

I Gave My Student Loan FAFSA PIN to a Debt Help Company. Help! – Amy

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“Dear Steve, I saw the link for StudentLoanSupport.us on Facebook and clicked on the link. All it asked for is my husband’s name, our state and phone number. Shortly after we were contacted by Craig with Student Loan Support. We put off the discussion until today when he called me (Amy) about my husband (David)’s loans. I was on the ... Read More »

What is Free Credit Report Monitoring and How to Get It

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There is no shortage of issues that abound when it comes to credit reports. Between worrying if the correct information is being reported about you to what might be going on with your credit report behind your back, you have to remain ever vigilant. There many places where you can pay for credit report monitoring but I like to recommend ... Read More »

I’m in the Marines and Contemplating Suicide. Can I File Bankruptcy? – Larry

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“Dear Steve, Steve, I am a Master Sergeant in the Marine Corps and have made some mistakes w/ debt. I got 2 credit cards and 1 personal loan ($40K total) that my wife didn’t know about so I could gamble. Needless to say I lost a lot of money and when it was all said and done I was contemplating ... Read More »

I Got a Call From a Student Loan Helpline Company About My Loans. – Tracey

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“Dear Steve, So I have roughly $75k in federal student loan debt, that due to economic hardship, I am having difficulty paying. I got a call from one of these so called “Student loan help line” companies that told me that if I let them consolidate my loans that the max I would have to pay is 197 payments and ... Read More »

My Car Was Repossessed, My Wages are Garnished and I’m Not Sure if Bankruptcy is Right for Me. – Nancy

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“Dear Steve, I have gotten myself into some serious financial problems. While I know that mine is not as bad as some I am behind on every bill and my car was repossessed last night. I am a single mother to 3 girls and I yes I do have a full time job. My husband passed away in 2003 so ... Read More »

I Left Qatar Owing Money. Will I Be Arrested in India?

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“Dear Steve, I left qatar with unpaid loan 135000QAR(no credit cards). Due some personal issues i have faced during my vacation in india i couldnt report to the duty on time, so the company terminated my agreement. And last one year i am in (jobless )trying for competitive exams . i have signed blank checques of dohabank during the loan ... Read More »

My Private Student Loan Company Won’t Let Me Pay What I Can Afford. – Mitch

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“Dear Steve, I’m a first generation college student, and attended Hartwick College for 1.5 years until transferring and finishing college at SUNY Oneonta. I owe near 80k from my college years. I had two private student loans that were held thru CitiBank for a total of near 20k. Citibank worked with me on deferment, income based repayment, and delaying payments ... Read More »

Can My Creditors Take Other Business Property to Repay a Debt? – Dee

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“Dear Steve, Business owner of an LLC secured a contract worth $35,000 using 100% fully-owned equipment (fair market value of $50,000). Creditor has in his possession part of the equipment (part of a crane), while debtor has another piece to the crane. Creditor also has in his possession 3 other pieces of equipment, 2 which have had work/improvements done on ... Read More »

CFPB Gives Private Student Loan Debtors a Little Glimmer of Hope

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Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced they will begin supervising nonbank student loan servicers for the first time. While the new rule does not alter or modify any repayment plans consumers are thirsty for in order to manage their private student loans, supervision is a step in a positive direction. The new rule and supervision is really aimed ... Read More »

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