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My Art Institute and Fullsail Student Loans Are Outrageous and Unaffordable

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Question: Dear Steve, I have obtained private loan debts from for-profit schools such as the Art Institutes and Fullsail. These debts have doubled from the interest alone. I find myself in a cycle: when I do work, all of my income goes to paying the minimum payment, or I go back school, but a legitimate state school to postpone payments. ... Read More »

    What Can I Do to Get Out of Being a Cosigner on a Private Student Loan

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    Question: Dear Steve, I co-signed a private student loan in 2005 for my ex-wife (she was not my ex-spouse in 2005). The amount was $10k. Current balance is ~$6,400 and is in deferment (1-2 months left on that). She agreed to pay it post-divorce but fails to do so unless her arm is twisted enough (usually when it becomes 120+ ... Read More »

      Why is Navient Chasing My Cosigner for My Student Loans?

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      Question: Dear Steve, I made the mistake of attending a for-profit college and, like most students, took out a bunch of loans to be able to complete my education. Also, like most students, I didn’t know what I’d be getting myself into with private loans, which were taken out with Sallie Mae (now Navient). I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to find ... Read More »

        Navient is Being Rude and Nasty But I Can’t Pay

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        Question: Dear Steve, I attended UMFK, took every private and federal loan offered to me for my tuition because I was young and dumb. I graduated with a measly associates in general studies, and work full time as an insurance agent making a take home of about $17,000 ($10,000 of that goes to childcare). Granted I do pay my family’s ... Read More »

          I Went to a Scam School and Now I Have Private Student Loan Problems

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          Question: Dear Steve, I got suckered into a month long school that promised a job as a finance manager at a dealership upon graduation. They had all kinds of people working there with a background in dealership management, so I never thought to ask an F&I manager. Once I graduated, I walked into a dealership to apply, and they laughed ... Read More »

            How Can I Stop My Perkins Loan Wage Garnishment?

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            Question: Dear Steve, 3 years ago, I received a letter from my employer stating that there was a judgment against me for a perkins student loan that I signed off on after I graduated, agreeing to pay a debtor (not knowing the damages that this would cause in the future). I should have never signed the contract because I didn’t ... Read More »

              How Can I stop Making Payments on My Heald College Private Student Loans?

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              Question: Dear Steve, My student private loan was through chase now its through AES (American Education Services). The school is Heald College graduated in the year 2007. AAS degree in Medical Administration Assistant. When I first applied to the school I was promised to graduate with experience and job placement assistance. Before graduating I asked about an Internship for the ... Read More »

                What Direction Should I Take to Deal With My Student Loans?

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                Question: Dear Steve, I recently graduated from veterinary school in 2011. Since then I have been trying to pay back my student loans. I was advised to consolidate my loans in 2012 because if I did this I would only have to pay for 25 years and then whatever debt was left would be forgiven. When advised what the standard ... Read More »

                  Great Lakes Higher Education Authority Says They Can’t Sue Me

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                  Question: Dear Steve, In 2001, I took out a private student loan from Great Lakes Higher Education Authority to pay for massage school. After finishing school I took a deferment while seeking work. The payments eventually kicked in and were prohibitively high in combination with high credit card debt and federal student loans. In 2007 I applied for bankruptcy in ... Read More »

                    Was My Sallie Mae Student Loan Eliminated in My Bankruptcy?

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                    Question: Dear Steve, Hope you can give me the answer that I want. : ) I filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and the final discharge date was February 1, 2012. Included in the creditors’ payment was Claimant: Sallie Mae and the payment they received $2,566.88. Does this mean that my student loan was included in the bankruptcy? Does this mean ... Read More »

                      How Can We Get Collectors to Stop Calling My Father for Student Loan Payments?

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                      Question: Dear Steve, My dad is over 75 yrs old with diabetes and needs a break from the creditors that harass him about his granddaughter’s loan from a private christian college she attended. He volunteered but now we want him forgiven for cosigning. How can my daughter and I help him this time around. She pays each time however sometimes ... Read More »

                        CFPB Targets Student Loan Assistance Advertising

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                        Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sent letters to search engines and asked them to beware of those companies offering up student loan assistance advertising. The letter said: “I am writing to alert Google that student debt relief scammers may be targeting student loan borrowers through the company’s search products. There are over 40 million Americans who collectively owe ... Read More »

                          I Consolidated My Student Loans But They Left Some Sallie Mae Ones Out

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                          Question: Dear Steve, Hi, a few months ago I consolidated my student loans through a FedLoan servicing company. They consolidated my loans from Sallie Mae, Navient, and Nelnet. I was told by one of their employees after I agreed to consolidate the loans to not contact them any further. A few months passed and my credit dropped significantly so I ... Read More »

                            Can I Punt This Student Loan Back to My Ex-Wife? – Gene

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                            Question: Dear Steve, My parents are signer and co-signer for a huge private student loan over $100,000 which was used to cover expenses for my ex-wife over 10 years ago. We since divorced and as part of our divorce agreement, we divided liabilities on her student debt and removed her name from some of the loans (the loan company then ... Read More »

                              Why Do I Keep Getting Calls From Student Loan Assistance Companies?

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                              Question: Dear Steve, I recently started comparing my student loan debt to the Picture of Dorian Gray. I was young and naive and wanted what I thought all people valued, an education. So I sold my soul to get what I wanted, blind to the implications that selling your soul can do to your mind and physical body. The only ... Read More »

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