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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 »

While I Don’t Always Agree With Dave Ramsey, He’s Right On This

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Dave Ramsey calls American’s stupid when it comes to student loans. Judging by the number of questions I get like he described, he’s on to something here. Read More »

Can I Settle My Private Student Loan Debt? – Tim

Alone and Lost

“Dear Steve, Unemployed for two years after college, defaulted on one of my private student loans, delinquent on others. Credit is already terrible. I have three private student loans, one of which I have already defaulted on. I recently came in to some money and want to use it to wipe out my student loan debt, or at least as ... Read More »

Sallie Mae Won’t Lower My Payment So I Can Afford It. – Kristen

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“Dear Steve, I have both federal and private loans through Sallie Mae. I used my private loan to pay for housing for my child and I. Sallie Mae is working with me in paying back my federal loans by using the income based repayment alternative. However they will not lower my monthly payment on my private loan to an amount ... Read More »

The Most Unique Debt Relief Help Wanted Ad Ever

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The debt relief industry never ceases to amaze me. A big hat tip goes to Damon Day for pointing out this help wanted advertisement to me. This one is certainly unique. Here is a debt relief company that starts off by calling all the other schemes we’ve lived through, scams. “TIRED OF SCAMS YET? Help Families &Make $$$ Student Loan ... Read More »

Will Our Second Mortgage Vanish After Our Chapter 13 Bankruptcy? – Lisa

Mature woman confused

“Dear Steve, My husband and I filed a CH13 in efforts to save our home. 2nd mortgage was stripped and court. 4 months into bankruptcy, trustee felt we could pay 100% of debt which we would be paying a lot more than what we were originally paying overall. We pulled out of BK and got a modification for our home. ... Read More »

Stop Gambling With Your Debt. Get Health Insurance.

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People who don’t like to gamble and think it is stupid, gamble every single day with the biggest debt they may ever owe. But then again people are not the most logical creatures. Some would no more consider wasting money on lottery tickets because the odds of winning are so low but they gamble by not having health insurance because ... Read More »

How Can I Live and Repay My Student Loan Debt? – Ben

Desperate

“Dear Steve, I’ve been reading through your blog articles for a few nights now. Yet, I find myself falling outside the range of your advice so far. If you have to time, I would love to pick your brain about my debt situation. CreditKarma notes I have $123,000 in student loan debt, with a credit score of 590. I have ... Read More »

2013 Nationwide Debt Reduction Plan Mailer is for Debt and Student Loans

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As part of my I Buy Junk Mail program I received the following mailer that appears to be for an advanced fee debt settlement program called the 2013 Nationwide Debt Reduction Plan. The outside of the mailer looks like an official self mailer and has the familiar postal permit 1297 from Sacramento, California. The inside of the mailer appears to ... Read More »

Can I ConsolidateAll My Student Loans Into a Federal Consolidation Loan? – Jules

Debtstar

“Dear Steve, I am at the very end of the grace period since I graduated, and will owe a total of $47,000 in student loans (all are government ED loans both Direct and Stafford unsubsidized and subsidized). The Direct loans are being serviced by Great Lakes, and until I call them I don’t know what the payment(s). The Stafford loans ... Read More »

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