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How Do I Get Navient to Settle My Federal Student Loan for Less?

Adult Ed - Questions

“Dear Steve, I have a student loan with Navient (formerly Sallie Mae). A relative of mine has come into some money and has offered to pay on the load (in full), however, they have urged me to try and negotiate a settlement deal. Having spoken to my friends at Navient, I was informed by three separate people there, that one ... Read More »

    AFBC and Student Loan Payment Reduction Department

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    An amazing reader, JMAN sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. This one is for something called the Student Loan Document Preparation and Processing Services Program, Student Loan Payment Reduction Department, and AF Student Services. The key here is nothing in this self mailer is clearcut. The outside of the mailer looks like ... Read More »

      CT Kicks More Debt Relief Ass. When Will the Industry Learn to Not Piss Off CT?


      Maybe more in the debt relief world can learn by the unfortunate actions below by the Connecticut Department of Banking. I’ll let their words give the lesson that needs to be learned. LOCN, Inc, United Relief Services – December 3, 2014 1. LOCN Inc. d/b/a United Relief Services CEASE AND DESIST from violating Section 36a-671(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, ... Read More »

        Government Goes After Student Loan Assistance Companies

        The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action against some student loan assistance companies that are selling programs to consumers saying they can offer great benefits to those with student loans. The CFPB went so far as to say they “took action to put an end to two student “debt relief” scams that illegally tricked borrowers into paying upfront ... Read More »

          FTC Shuts Down Scads of Phony Mortgage Relief Scammers

          Stop Countrywide Mortgage Abuse

          The Federal Trade Commission has announced a federal court has entered orders against 22 defendants who offered financially strapped consumers fake home-loan modification services that the FTC claims violated the FTC Act and the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule. The MARS Rule bans mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan modification services from collecting fees until homeowners have a written offer ... Read More »

            I Co-Signed With Sallie Mae for My Daughter. Now They Want to Sue Me.


            “Dear Steve, I am having an issue with Sallie Mae student loan debt that I co-signed for. They are threatening to sue me since my daughter cannot pay the debt. I am unemployed and have been out of work off and on for over 6 years. I have only worked 5 weeks this whole entire year. I have no assets ... Read More »

              Do I Need to Leave My Boyfriend Because of His Debt?


              “Dear Steve, Where do I begin…. Well first this question is about my boyfriend more so than me. My boyfriend just turned 34 and I am about to be 27. When I met him he had just been laid off from his sales job in 2011. He had to move out of his apartment and move in with a friend. ... Read More »

                How Do I Rehabilitate my Wells Fargo Student Loan ACS Education is Servicing?

                Student Loans Concept

                “Dear Steve, I am currently having my wages garnished for a defaulted student loan and am trying to find information on rehabilitation. I am fairly certain that since my financial situation has significantly improved I would be able to successfully make the additional payment required for the first 9 months of rehabilitation to remove my loan status out of default. ... Read More »

                  Michael Lupolover Gets His Comeupance. Now it Makes Sense.

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                  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently ended a debt settlement case they pursued with a prison sentence for the lawyer owner of that company, click here. But what was a bit of a mystery in that case was how Michael Lupolover, an attorney, and Premier Consulting Group, who were originally named in the case and then were not part of ... Read More »

                    Reader Expresses Concern Over Spire Law Group Going POOF!

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                    I received the following tip from a reader, send your tips in here. Apparently Spire Law Group has finally fully imploded. The reader says, “Spire Law is closed down( Aug 2014) leaving all their clients holding the bag. The Abeel v Bank of America lawsuit was dismissed. As a way to keep their clients at bay, Spire Law came up ... Read More »

                      Rescue One Financial Still Sending Unsecured Personal Loan Mailers


                      An amazing reader sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. I’ve covered Rescue One mailers before and it elicited an alleged former employee to speak out. See this link. My previous coverage even wound up with a rather dubious event, the appearance that Rescue One was potentially involved, directly or indirectly, in paying ... Read More »

                        My Student Loan Lender Wants to Take My House

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                        “Dear Steve, I have a very old defaulted student loan that is being paid via an attachment to my tax returns annually. I just received a letter that I may be forced to sell my house to fully pay this loan off. What can I do to protect my house? I have the sense that my loan was purchased by ... Read More »

                          Why Am I Not Getting My PayPal Master Card E-Statements From Synchrony Bank?

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                          “Dear Steve, I have signed up for e-statements. The email account to which they were being sent was changed in October since I was not receiving the statement monthly and the “customer service” representative suggested that of course the problem must be with the email service (G-Mail!). I changed the email to my work email, made certain to add their ... Read More »

                            Why Doesn’t My Student Loan Lender Apply My Extra Payments?

                            Adult Ed - Questions

                            “Dear Steve, I have a question regarding paying extra on my student loans. I have three loans outstanding, with rates varying from 3.4% to 5.8%. I pay the minimum monthly, and am always in time. In fact, I try to be proactive and pay a little more on the loan with the higher interest rate. To my astonishment, I opened ... Read More »

                              What I Learned as an Attorney From Discharging Student Loans in Bankruptcy

                              Fight Back - Red Button

                              I asked attorney Lindsay Smith for some feedback to share with you about her experiences in representing consumers against student loan companies. 1) What did you learn from defending a recent consumer against a student loan company? I learned: a) Not to assume that all student loans are “next to impossible” to discharge in bankruptcy absent showing a hardship discharge; ... Read More »

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