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My Degree Isn’t Worth the Tuition I Paid With Massive Student Loans

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“Dear Steve, I’m not really sure that there is a solution to my issue but you seem to know about student loans so thought I would run it by you. Back in 2007 I wanted to go to school to get into the graphic and web design industry. At the time I was working full time so was exploring online ... Read More »

    What Can I Do if I’m Delinquent on My Federal and Private Student Loans?

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    Q: What are my debt relief options if I am delinquent on both my federal student loans and my private student loans? A: Falling behind on your student loan payments is a problem far too common. I speak with people on a frequent basis facing delinquency in payment of their student loans. One of the problems I hear most often ... Read More »

      How Can We Really Get Out of Debt?

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      Question: What is the Secret to Getting Out of Debt? Dear Steve, My husband and I have been limping along just breaking even for sometime now just trying to dig ourselves out of debt and save money. We’ve cut everything back to the minimum and have to constantly tell our kids to do without. I can’t even afford for them ... Read More »

        Dealing With the Debt Collector Advice

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        MINNEAPOLIS, March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Have you ever been contacted by a debt collector? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. According to the Federal Reserve, the total amount of consumer debt in the United States now exceeds $13.4 trillion. Based on a recent study by Ernst & Young, third-party debt collectors recovered $55 billion in 2013 ... Read More »

          The Very Odd BBB Statement About Student Loan Service Managers – SLS Managers

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          A reader just posted a complaint about SLS Managers and in looking up the company address I came across the oddest comment by the BBB about this company. SLS Managers says they are located at 23172 Plaza Pointe #128, Laguna Hills, CA. – Source But the BBB says, “BBB received returned mail from “23172 Plaza Pointe Dr #138 Laguna Hills, ... Read More »

            SLS Managers – Consumer Complaint – February 27, 2015

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            Consumer Statement: I was told by Kris, that she could lower my monthly student loan payments and I would have to pay a one time start up fee of 400.00 and she could get my student loans payment down to $200.00 per month. When it was time to file taxes, I discovered that the monthly $200.00 that I was paying ... Read More »

              Can I Just Start College Over and Forget My Old Transcript?

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              “Dear Steve, I went to the Art Institute as soon as I graduated high school, I had financial issues there. They said I was behind 7 payments with the school (but even until this day that doesn’t make any sense to me, because if I was behind even one I should have been notified.) so they said I had to ... Read More »

                Mysterious Mortgage Reduction Mailer Lands in Mailbox

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                An amazing reader, Carol, sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. What caught my eye at first was how the company sending out this mailer from Postal Permit 1297 is not identified on the envelope or the mailer. This clearly appears to be a lead generation mailer by some totally unknown company. Any ... Read More »

                  The Real Shit About Identity Theft Nobody Will Tell You

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                  An awesome series of videos about the realities of identity theft and an introduction to the worst identity thieves around. Find out what it’s not the stranger you need to worry about and why it’s so important to monitor your credit bureau reports for activity on your current accounts. Grab the perfect beverage and spend some time watching these videos. ... Read More »

                    World Law Loses in Colorado

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                    According to The Gazette, World Law, the debt settlement company, has been hit with an injunction in Colorado. Allegedly, World law ran into trouble in Colorado for false advertising and violations of the Colorado Debt Management Services Act. It seems World Law did not win friends in Colorado after the company ignored a district court order to stop activities in ... Read More »

                      Morgan Drexen Loses Big in Wisconsin

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                      Multiple media outlets are reporting the debt settlement company Morgan Drexen has lost a Wisconsin appeals court ruling and is ordered to refund $4.2 million in settlement fees. A state appeals court says a hearing examiner properly ordered a debt settlement company to give up $4.2 million in fees and pay nearly $2 million in forfeitures because it was operating ... Read More »

                        Corinthian College Students Refuse to Pay Their Debt

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                        On Monday, former students of Corinthian Colleges Inc. declared a debt strike by refusing to pay their federal loans. These former students — who call themselves the Corinthian 15 — are the first to take such a bold stand against the current student debt crisis. At the same time, the Rolling Jubilee has just erased over $13 million ($13,384,642.14) of ... Read More »

                          Life Financial Planning Sends Out Alarming Sales Pitch. Similar to Lord Heal Our Land.

                          Life Financial Planning Pitch

                          An amazing reader sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The offer sent out by a company identified as Life Financial planning, 575 Menlo Drive #1, Rocklin, California 95765 seems to be misleading on so many levels. I would urge anyone who receives a similar offer to conduct their own due diligence. While ... Read More »

                            Can My Wife With the Boston Public School System Have Her Student Loans Forgiven?

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                            “Dear Steve, My wife works in the boston public school system. has for 10+ years. she has ~$95K in student loans. I thought she should qualify for debt relief since she works in the school system. Unfortunately, they look at our joint income, which puts us out of contention. Their formula doesn’t account for all the expenses we incur with ... Read More »

                              Will Wyndham Capital Cove Force Us Into Bankruptcy?

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                              “Dear Steve, My wife and I purchased a time-share at Capital Cove thru Wyndham near Washington, D.C. During a follow-up session my wife and I were told we had to upgrade or we would not be able to keep our perks of being VIPs in the company. After several attempts to make reservations, 10 months out, and not being able ... Read More »

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