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My Father Stole My Student Loan Money

stressed man

“Dear Steve, My Dad took out a PLUS loan for me because I had reached the maximum loan allowance from my college as a “dependent” student, even though my parents did not support me in any way. He chose the maximum loan amount $18k (YIKES) and ended up using $3k to lease a new fancy car that he couldn’t afford. ... Read More »

    If the Creditor Didn’t Apply My Payment Do I Have to Pay for a Stop Payment?

    broken piggybank with dollar notes

    “Dear Steve, I’ve been writing checks for my elderly mother in the nursing home to cover her co-payment for the last 4-5 years. In November I hand delivered a check payment to the home and got a note with the last bill stating that deposit was not shown although I made the payment would I check the account. I did ... Read More »

      Debt and the Theory of Dissaving. Why You Need to Take Action.


      Being in debt causes us to become paralyzed with uncertainty and that leads to inaction. I want to talk about why if you wait too long to take actin it can be a very expensive mistake. And while I did previously write Get Out of Debt Fast, But Don’t Run, you should not just stand still as well. When people ... Read More »

        Debt Settlement Executives / Sales Reps Face Up to 20 Years in Jail

        The pain generated by the injury to your finances leaves you feeling lost, afraid, and confused.

        A friend sent in this announcement from the Department of Justice. Wow! A grand jury in Santa Ana, California, indicted three individuals for allegedly operating fraudulent debt relief services companies that offered to settle credit card debts but instead took victims’ payments as undisclosed up-front fees, the Justice Department and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced. Jeremy Nelson, 29, Elias Ponce, ... Read More »

          You Know Google Isn’t Perfect When…

          Google Gets it Wrong

          I was doing some research for a story and came across this search result. You’ve got to laugh when Google says the U.S. Department of Justice has a bad reputation. Thank you Google for the best laugh of the day so far. Read More »

            Car Title Lenders Deceived Consumers Says FTC


            The Federal Trade Commission has taken action for the first time against two car title lenders, reaching settlements that will require them to stop their use of deceptive advertising to market title loans. A car title loan is typically a high cost, short-term loan, secured with the consumer’s car title. In administrative complaints issued against two title lenders, First American ... Read More »

              A Look at a Cosigners Navient Student Loans Discharged in Bankruptcy

              Student Loans Concept

              As part of what has become an ongoing look at student loans discharged in bankruptcy the example today is where a cosigner discharged their liability for federal student loans with Navient Solutions. This case is yet another example of how the financial hardship of having to repay unmanageable student loans can lead to a discharge of the student loan debt. ... Read More »

                My Ex Was Supposed to Pay the Debt in the Divorce But They Are Coming After Me


                “Dear Steve, I was divorced in 2007. It was an amicable split and, as stipulated in the divorce decree, I took some of our combined debt and she took one of our debts in the form of a bank credit card. She remarried and together she and her new spouse decided not to pay on the debt that she assumed ... Read More »

                  Diploma Mills Halted by FTC


                  The principal owners of two Florida-based online diploma mills are permanently banned from marketing and selling academic degrees under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. Alexander Wolfram and IDM Services, LLC, and Maria Garcia have settled charges that they deceived consumers into enrolling in their programs by claiming they could obtain “official” and accredited high school diplomas and use them ... Read More »

                    Should I Payoff My Navient Student Loans or Save for Retirement?


                    “Dear Steve, I’m 34 years old, single, graduated a college when I was 26. Currently I have 2 student loans: 1. Navient Student Loans: $ 25,387.21, 5.25%, monthly payment of $ 235.41 2. AES Student Loans: $17,152.33, 5.125%, monthly payment of $ 186.68 I have about $10k in a saving account (with 1% interest), and a rollover IRA with about ... Read More »

                      They Tell Me My Parent PLUS Loans Are Not Eligible for Help

                      Drowning swimmer

                      “Dear Steve, My children were living with me when they filled out their FAFSA forms. I ended up with over $20,000 in Plus parent loans as a result even though my only income at the time was child support. Can parent student loans (PLUS loans) be either transferred to the now adult children or be discharged in bankruptcy? Being parent ... Read More »

                        Identity Thieves Con the Department of Education Out of Student Loan Money

                        mans hands behind bars in jail or prison

                        We’ve heard a lot in the news about people stealing information on people and using that personal information to file for tax refunds. It’s a growing form of identity theft. But in a new twist, Ronzell and Stephanie Mitchell were using stolen personal information to scam the Department of Education out of $270,000 of student loan money. According to WJLA ... Read More »

                          Half Million Dollars of Federal Student Loans Discharged in Bankruptcy


                          So many people continue to assume student loan debt can’t be discharged in bankruptcy. Even bankruptcy attorneys perpetuate this myth as well. In previous articles, that you can find here, I’ve shown specific examples of both federal and private students loans discharged. I’ve even pointed out broad niches of student loan debt not protected by bankruptcy, in this article. But ... Read More »

                            California Fair Debt Buying Practices Act Gives Consumers Rights

                            law books

                            If you are being hounded by a debt collector over an old debt and you live in California, you need to pay attention to the Fair Debt Buying Practices Act. Under that new California law the buyer of old debts who is now attempting to collect on the debt has certain hurdles to jump over before you have to pay. ... Read More »

                              Cell Phone Provider to Pay Millions for Throttling Data. Refunds Available.

                              blank screen mobile in woman hands

                              TracFone, the largest prepaid mobile provider in the U.S., has agreed to pay $40 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it deceived millions of consumers with hollow promises of “unlimited” data service. The FTC’s complaint against TracFone alleges that since 2009, TracFone has advertised prepaid monthly mobile plans for about $45 per month with “unlimited” data ... Read More »

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