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Full Time Student, Out of Cash, Wages Being Garnished by AES/PHEAA. Help! – Keith

“Dear Steve,

I have a family of four and spouse who is an fulltime student. Income cut in half because of economy. Sinking fast and have exhausted all savings and 401k trying to stay afloat

My wages are being garnished by AES/PHEAA for defaulted student loan. I requested an economic hardship hearing in writing at the end of February. It is now the end of May and I still have not heard anything back formally. Every time I call I get the run around or they try to get me to make payments on top of the garnishment. I have a family of four and spouse who is a fulltime student. My income has been cut in half because of economy. Sinking fast and have exhausted all savings and 401k trying to stay afloat. I would like to rehabilitate my loan but I’m not able to at this moment. What are my options for resolving this matter at this point.

Thank You

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Keith”

Dear Keith,

I’m so sorry you’ve gotten the run around. The best course of action at this point is to nag them. Call every day if you have to. The kind of delay you’ve experienced is unacceptable.

The good news is that AES appears to offer repayment through the Income Based Repayment program (IBR). I’m not sure if that is the program you applied for. More information can be found here.

If you have other debts you are trying to service as well, find a local bankruptcy attorney and go visit them fast. Shedding the other debts will give you some extra breathing room to make ends meet

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