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I Have Stage 4 Colon Cancer and Student Loans. – Maria

'Cancer' highlighted in green

“Dear Steve, 2001 got private student loan grandfather co signed. Grad 2007 after a divorce and a child born in 2008 I had finical hardship. Ive paid on time in 2012 . 2013 diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer im on full disability, my co borrower is now 87 and on ssa as well. Its 160 days past due. What ... Read More »

    Can I Get a Mortgage After a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy? – Kellie

    Real Estate Concept

    “Dear Steve, I recently discharged my ch 13. I am interested in understanding how long I should wait to consider a new home purchase. My fiancé has excellent credit but I contribute the bulk of the income. I am hoping that the 2 years you eluded to can be minimized with his credit history. Thoughts? Kellie” The Answer Dear Kellie, ... Read More »

      How Can I Find My Individual Taxpayer Identification Number? – Miriam

      IRS

      “Dear Jim, When I was younger my aunt got me an ITIN number from the IRS so that she could claim me as a dependent on her taxes. Now that I’m an adult is that ITIN number still valid? and if it is how do I find out what the number was? Thank you. Miriam” Hi Miriam: In order to ... Read More »

        My Husband Had His Sallie Mae Student Loan Discharged in Bankruptcy. Can I? – Lindsey

        Student Loan Corkboard Concept

        “Dear Steve, I declared bankruptcy almost 5 years ago and the attorney told me that it was impossible to discharge student loans. However Sallie Mae immediately discharged my husbands private student loan of $165K without a fight or even asking them to, but not mine for 23K. I was wondering if I could still add that to the BK since ... Read More »

          What Do I Do When I Can’t Afford My University of Phoenix Loans? – Eloise

          College Tuition Expenses

          “Dear Steve, I have private student loans with University of Phoenix. I was able to pay off one of the loans however due to my low income I have not been able to make any payments on the outstanding ones. I am several months behind and I do not see the situation getting any better. I talked to a lawyer ... Read More »

            You Mean My Flight School Student Loans Can Be Eliminated in Bankruptcy? – Scott

            Pilots in the cockpit during a commertial flight

            Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, Student loan debt can’t get out of it and have filed bankrupt 6 yrs ago and included it in but wasn’t able to get rid of it it’s a private student loan I was able to discharge my sallie Mae student loan but not my MRU student loan. MRU filed bankruptcy and now I’m ... Read More »

              I Was Going to Everetts College But Was Sent to Afghanistan. – Fidel

              Military Flag

              “Dear Steve, I work retail making $11 hr. I’m also in the army reserve. I was attending Everetts College before I was deployed to Afghanistan. I was there for 1 year. I was not able to continue classes. When I returned and tried to get back in school I was refused that because there was a large unpaid balance. What ... Read More »

                I Want to Go Back to School But Can’t Get My Transcript. – Jess

                college-class

                “Dear Steve, Hi, I’ve been reading about how to go back to school while in debt with another university, however, nothing has helped. I went to a private university, I could not afford the tuition anymore, so I didn’t go back. Now the amount I owe them is in collections and they won’t release my transcript to start school at ... Read More »

                  I Paid Macy’s But They Sent Me to Collections. – Matilda

                  Mature woman confused

                  “Dear Steve, In March 2013, I purchased $74.98 with a brand new Macy’s Star Rewards card. They sent a statement, I paid the full amount, on time, in their enclosed envelope. They claim they never got the check and pressured me to pay by credit card over the phone. Since they had called me, I declined. Then they sent me ... Read More »

                    I Have Loads of Student Loan Debt Buy No Degree. – Shane

                    black-hole

                    Dear Steve, I went away to school my freshman year for college. I transferred to 4 more schools and have yet to obtain a degree. I’ve been taking a class here and there, sometimes dropping the class. That freshman year, I had a private student loan (Lehman brothers, soon to be bought out by Wells Fargo). I work full time ... Read More »

                      After a Previous Bankruptcy We Are Still Drowning in Sallie Mae Student Loans

                      Drowning swimmer

                      Dear Steve, A few years ago my husband & I filed for chapter 7 BK & it was discharged (2008). We were told that we couldn’t include our huge private student loan ($68,000) at that time by our attorney. Our private student loan is actually a Sallie Mae “private student consolidation loan” that we stupidly rolled my husband’s federal student ... Read More »

                        My Grandfather Cosigned for My Private Student Loans and I Can’t Pay. – Tasha

                        broken piggybank with dollar notes

                        Dear Steve, My grandfather co-signed for me a few student loans through aessuccess.org in 2004. Within 3 days, I received the funds. The debt collectors started calling and harassing in 2009 claiming my 5 years was up, so it was time to start paying the debt. They wanted me to pay over $700 a month in payments. I was only ... Read More »

                          I’m a Disabled Former Law School Student and I Can’t Pay My Student Loans. – Tony

                          black-hole

                          Dear Steve, I have amassed a huge student loan debt from law school over 20 years ago. I never completed law school because of mental health issues. My loans went into default and I have not been in an economic position to make regular payments all of these years. The student loan company (American Student Assistance) takes money from my ... Read More »

                            American Debt Mediators Scares Woman

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                            “Dear Steve, She has been scammed, and it is affecting her health. I sometimes wish I hadn’t said anything to her. Please advise me how to help her. I have worked in small claims court and have a feel for the process. But I told her this was a scam and now she is scared to death. I need to ... Read More »

                              I’m Smarter Than My Student Loan Debt. – Gail

                              Mature woman confused

                              “Dear Steve, I am a fifty-year-old teacher with a doctorate who has taught a total of 20 years. All of my education had been paid for in full by me (including the doctorate) until I decided I wanted to get out of the classroom and go into another field. I later earned 1 1/2 additional masters degrees that I funded ... Read More »

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