CFPB Complaint

SLM CORPORATION – CFPB Complaint 2018-11-16

Consumer Complaint Submission

Date Received: 2018-11-16

Product: Private student loan

Issue: Struggling to repay your loan

Consumer Consent Provided to Share Complaint: Consent provided

Consumer Complaint: When I went back to school, I had no knowledge of student loans. I applied for a private loan with XXXX XXXX not knowing the difference between it and a federal student loan. The primary piece I did not understand was the income-driven repayment was not an option for private loans. I currently have a balance of {$120000.00} in private student loan debt and have a monthly payment of {$1500.00}. This does not include my federal loan debt.
Prior to XX/XX/18, I spoke with XXXX XXXX a number of times and was told that my payment had to be past due before they would work with me. On XX/XX/18, I finally was allowed to speak to someone about lowering my monthly payment. I gave a detailed financial statement and they asked to speak to my father who is my cosigner. I explained that he could and would not pay on this loan but gave them his details. My father gave his financial statement on XX/XX/18 and he told me they would call me. After not hearing from them, I called back on XX/XX/18 ( I learned that did not have my current phone number on file ). I was told I could enroll in auto-debit to lower the interest rate by XXXX and skip my XX/XX/XXXX payment. This is an offer I had read about online and knew about so I told them it would not work and hung up. I needed to reduce the monthly payment amount considerably. I called back on XX/XX/18, thinking perhaps there was an option where I could extend the payment term or move to a graduated repayment plan. I was told unequivocally that was not an option and that all I could do was put the loan in forbearance for a month and apply to refinance at another company. I checked at XXXX, XXXX, and XXXX XXXX XXXX. All have said I would need a co-signer that I can not get at this point for that amount of debt. The representative was polite and as helpful as she could be given the situation. Her employee number is XXXX and the confirmation for my forbearance payment is XXXX.
I want to pay on this debt but I am not receiving any real help in lowering the monthly payment. I make XXXX/yr and have upward mobility in my career. I do not like not meeting my obligations. That said, I am at the point where I am beginning to think my only option is to try and get the debt settled through bankruptcy.
Please, please, please help me!

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Company: SLM CORPORATION

State/Zip: IL 604XX

Company Response to Complaint: Closed with explanation

Was Company Response Timely: Yes

Did Consumer Dispute Company Response: N/A

Complaint ID: 3076654

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