So I have private loans and a few federal loans my month payment currently is for all my loans is about $1000. My employer has been helpful by letting me work OT to make this happen. Currently working 12 hours of OT a week. But that is about to end, they are working on eliminating OT for all employees. So that will drop my money to allow me to pay only $779. The problem is about the $1000 is all the lender told me I could get my payment lowered. I would not pay any less to my federal because they seem more important but my private loans will take a hit.
I am looking for direction, I got no help from the lender, and wondering what would happen is I just paid a little but not full payment to each private loan. Will the payment still go to default?
I applaud you for understanding the overtime solution is not sustainable and will collapse at some point, leaving you stranded on payments you can’t afford. So many people don’t look forward enough to see those issues brewing.
The partial payment strategy does not solve the problem. You will probably be charged a late fee and you will move towards default, but just a little slower.
Private student loan lenders are not required to make any payment affordable. They don’t have to adjust the payment and they can hold you to the original payment you agreed to when you took out the loan.
That being said, private student loan lenders often allow someone to defer payments or pay a lower amount. That actually just causes your loan balance to grow exponentially. They will be tacking on interest to the unpaid balance. It is so ironic that people jump for the deferred payment option when they can least afford to pay the loan but it just makes the unaffordable loan bigger still.
You have a few logical options.
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