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I Went Back to College Late in Life But I Still Have the Debt

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“Dear Steve, At the age of 40 I got a AA degree with Federal Student Loans. I do not work in my field of study. I am now 55 and I did miss a few payments after wife got sick and lost job and that chewed up our savings. I have been paying steady for the last 4 years and ... Read More »

    My Tax Refund Was Intercepted Because of Delinquent Student Loans

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    “Dear Steve, I have a federal student loan that I haven’t been paying on. My 2014 tax refund has been garnished. Is there any way to get this reversed. If I set up a payment schedule with the US Department of Education C/o Great Lakes Higher Education Guarantee Corp? Thanks, Roger” Dear Roger, If your tax refund was intercepted by ... Read More »

      Student Loan Statute of Limitations is Perplexing

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      “Dear Steve, My fiancée has over $60k in private student loans. The original amount borrowed was $35k she is a teacher and always thought the student loan forgiveness program would apply and we discovered it doesn’t We have calculated that she cant afford to pay the minimum payments and reduce the balance. Her last payment was May 2014, I read ... Read More »

        These Student Loan Facts Make Me Want to Vomit

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        The Federal Reserve Bank of New York just published information that makes me concerned for the financial future of consumers who fall into the student loan trap. Despite what people feel or say, there are still affordable ways to get a college education without going $175,000 in debt for a graphic arts bachelors degree. The value of a good community ... Read More »

          Consumer Financial Problems Not Limited to America

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          I spotted a recent article out of Singapore where the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) had expressed a concern over the level of indebtedness local households of Malays were facing. If you extracted the local references out of the article it sounds just like the problems faced by people in Iowa or Texas. “While household balance sheets remain generally healthy, ... Read More »

            Debt Management Credit Counseling Publishes Debt Consolidation Video

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            Last week Debt Management Credit Counseling sent out the press release below. Two things struck me as a bit odd about it so I emailed the company to ask for clarification. As of yet I’ve not heard back from them so I’ll just publish the release and my observations and if they ever respond, I’ll update the post with their ... Read More »

              I’m Being Sued Over My Private Student Loans in Florida

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              “Dear Steve, I graduated college in 2006 with an incredible private student loan debt. After working for over a year with the company I simply could not afford their ridiculous payments, I tried everything I could. In the end the loans went into default and I’m sure were sold several times over since. I have always kept up my federal ... Read More »

                Department of Ed FFEL Joint Consolidation Rules Arbitrary & Punitive

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                Not that long ago I wrote an article, “This is One Way to Get FFEL Spousal Consolidation Loans Forgiven” in which a reader was looking for a way to deal with her previous FFEL spousal joint consolidation loan with her ex-husband. She wanted to move forward in a positive way in dealing with her student loan debt that was originally ... Read More »

                  CFPB Raging Pissed Off at Morgan Drexen

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                  A reader send in some documents they said I would be interested in seeing. It relates to the 2013 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) lawsuit against Morgan Drexen that is still ongoing. My first thought was a disbelief this case was not further ahead. Then I read the document publicly filed in the case by the former Morgan Drexen co-founder, ... Read More »

                    Phony Debt Relief Scam Operated From Jamaica

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                    Two new defendants have been named in a Federal Trade Commission case against a phony debt relief and credit repair scheme that allegedly deceived consumers about non-existent federal programs to pay off their bills and fix poor credit. – Source The case was originally brought in August 2014 against the unnamed operators of the scam, which operated under the names ... Read More »

                      I Make Near Minimum Wage With $200K in Student Loan Debt

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                      “Dear Steve, I am 28yrs old with one child. I currently owe Sallie Mae over $100,000 in student loans. I also have several other student loans with Department of Education and Citibank. My total debt is close to $200,000. I was 18 when I started getting private loans from Sallie Mae. I didn’t know exactly what I was doing or ... Read More »

                        How Do I Get My Everest College Student Loan Credit I’m Owed

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                        “Dear Steve, I was one of the Everest Students of Anaheim where they illegally forced us into multiple loans including their private Loan company Genesis. They lied to me on multiple occasions, and forced me to take out more money on my loan AFTER they told me I was graduating that month, only to find out they “forgot” I missed ... Read More »

                          How Can I Get My Name Off My Husband’s Judgment?

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                          “Dear Steve, My husband received a deficiency judgement ($200,000)in Fl on a home about 13 years ago (My name was also on the judgement). The former owner has since died, yet this judgement looms over my head, too. My husband and the owner’s lawyer had an acrimonious relationship, and 5 years ago, they took our car to satisfy a small ... Read More »

                            The Most Frightening Personal Finance Data You Will Ever Read

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                            Forget about worry if a credit card or debit card is right for you. Or even if you should buy or lease your next car. Figures about people headed for retirement have my heart pounding in my chest. It’s the most frightening information you will read and hopefully it will help some people to get scared straight and fix this ... Read More »

                              My Bipolar Ex-Husband Can’t Help With My Stafford Student Loan

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                              “Dear Steve, I divorced my ex in June of 2007. At the time of our divorce there was a Stafford student loan owing from when I attended college in 2001. Since my divorce, I have adopted my youngest granddaughter and am raising her on my own. In addition, my ex has been homeless and diagnosed bi-polar and requires medication. I ... Read More »

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