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Alex is Buried in Student Loan Payments

“Dear Steve,

I have Federal Student loans dating back to ’94/95. My situation was unusual. I first attended MBA school and left after a semester because I also got accepted to Law School at a different university. I went to Law School for a year and a half only to realize it wasn’t what I wanted to do so I left. I returned to MBA school and all the while I had been using student loans for both business school and my short term in Law school.

When I graduated from MBA school, I deferred my student loand until I could afford to make my monthly payments. I have deferred and used forbearance until today. I have no deferment elegibility left so I have to forbear. Unfortunately, the $680 monthly payment is too much for me to pay. I now owe approximately $108,000 in student loans. 🙁 I need help on how to takle this. I cannot afford that payment because I have a mortgage and other monthly bills. What can I do? I would greatly appreciate your insight and guidance.

Sinking deeper into student loan debts,


Dear Alex,

I worry more and more about student loans as the years go by. It used to be that college was the preferred route to take to provide you with the skills necessary for a richer future, in many ways. But now, college loans are getting to be so expensive and such a noose around the neck of students, especially those like you that seek advanced degrees, that I’m no longer as supportive.

The graphic above is from a great New York Times article, “College May Become Unaffordable for Most in U.S.” that everyone should read. It challenges our old assumptions that college is within reach of young students now.

As I write this, your student loans are already 13 years old and you really have not even begun to start to repay them. This is a horrible problem. But your story is not unheard of. I’ve met many people that began law school, only to realize that it was not something that they wanted to do and so they quit or switched focus. Unfortunately that does not relieve you of your obligation to repay loans used for studies.

Since your student loans are not eligible for discharge in bankruptcy, you’ve really got one option, make suitable repayment arrangements. The ICRP (Income Contingent Repayment Plan) plan is probably going to be your best opportunity. See “Tiffany is Behind in Student Loans, Late On Other Payments, And Looking For Hope” for a more in-depth look at student loan repayment options.


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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.


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