Date Received: 2018-11-13T00:00:00.000

Product: Federal student loan servicing

Issue: Dealing with your lender or servicer

Consumer Consent Provided to Share Complaint: Consent provided

Consumer Complaint: In XX/XX/2018, I set up a recurring payment in the amount of {$550.00} to cover the amount due monthly to XXXX Heartland, the loan servicer for 3 loans I hold at XXXX XXXX. Since then, the money has been debited from my bank account, and I have received no notice that anything has gone wrong. Today, I got an email from XXXX XXXX stating that one of my Perkins loans was two months delinquent. When I logged in to my XXXX account, I found that my monthly payment had not been covering the full amount due for my loans, and that one of my Perkins loans was 2 months delinquent despite my automatic payments.

When I called XXXX for assistance, they told me that the automatic payment of {$550.00} was not covering the full amount of the loans because the loans had started to accrue late fees due to the payments being posted on the XXXX of every month when the loans come due on the XXXX each month. Because my payments were being made late every month ( instead of being made on the XXXX to cover the payment due on the next XXXX, as I assumed ), they had been taking part of the money supposed to go toward one of my Perkins loans and instead applying it to the late fees, causing my loan to show that it was delinquent for two months. When I asked them how it was possible to set up an automatic payment on a date past the date when the loans were due, they let me know that there is no protection in their system to prevent from this, so they just allowed my automatic payments to proceed without any adjustment or notification that the loans were being paid late every month. This explanation, quite simply, is ridiculous. Automatic payments are meant to be set so that the payor does not have to log in to his account every month and make sure the correct amount is being paid. XXXX has set up a system in which they are able to collect late fees by allowing people who are attempting to diligently pay back their student loans to make late payments, and this practice is both ridiculous and predatory.

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State/Zip: NY 100XX

Company Response to Complaint: Closed with explanation

Was Company Response Timely: Yes

Did Consumer Dispute Company Response: N/A

Complaint ID: 3072152

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