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Why Can’t I Put My Parent PLUS Loan in an Income Based Repayment Program?

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Question: Dear Steve, I have significant student loan debt and applied for IBR and was denied, due to there being a PLUS (parent) loan in my record. I did not participate in anyway in the creation of any PLUS loan. My suspicion is that it was created fraudulently using my identifying information from when I co-signed on a loan for ... Read More »

    Why Have My Private Student Lenders Not Sued Me Yet?

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    “Dear Steve, I went to a public school and obtained 2 degrees. A good portion of my student loan debt were in private loans. The economy crashed in 2008 and I couldn’t find work in 2009 so I went back for more education to hide from the economic realities (I had no way to pay on the loans). Sallie Mae ... Read More »

      How Can I Payoff Massive Parent PLUS Loans My Mom Can’t Afford?

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      Dear Steve, My situation is similar to those asking about student loans and repayment. My Mom had to take out parent plus loans under her name to help me with school. We both understand the responsibilities we have. However, she can barely afford to pay for her rent and food on the money she makes. Therefore, I’m the one making ... Read More »

        Should I Take Out a Student Loan to Payoff My Wife’s Student Loans?

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        “Dear Steve, My wife and I both finished our undergraduate degrees, I did not have any debt, while she accumulated quite a bit of debt. I am currently in dental school, and while I still do not have to take out loans for school, I have access to loans that have a lower interest rate than some of her private ... Read More »

          NJClass and Nelnet Will Ruin Our Marriage and Lives

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          “Dear Steve, My fiancé has a ridiculous amount of student loan debt. He attended Felician College in Lodi, New Jersey, a private school and has $140,000 in student loan debt from two lenders: NJClass/HESSA and Nelnet. The payment from HESSA is $900/month and the one for Nelnet is $600/month. HESSA is impossible to deal with as it is a private ... Read More »

            Should We File Taxes as Married Joint or Married Separate?

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            “Dear Steve, I have graduate degree loans totaling close to $70K now w/interest that I have been paying since 2001. I have been paying a reduced rate ($20/mo) on them for some years now because I haven’t been able to work since our first child was born 10yrs ago. My husband also has sizable graduate loans of about $90K, but ... Read More »

              My Degree Isn’t Worth the Tuition I Paid With Massive Student Loans

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              “Dear Steve, I’m not really sure that there is a solution to my issue but you seem to know about student loans so thought I would run it by you. Back in 2007 I wanted to go to school to get into the graphic and web design industry. At the time I was working full time so was exploring online ... Read More »

                Can I Just Start College Over and Forget My Old Transcript?

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                “Dear Steve, I went to the Art Institute as soon as I graduated high school, I had financial issues there. They said I was behind 7 payments with the school (but even until this day that doesn’t make any sense to me, because if I was behind even one I should have been notified.) so they said I had to ... Read More »

                  Can My Wife With the Boston Public School System Have Her Student Loans Forgiven?

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                  “Dear Steve, My wife works in the Boston public school system. has for 10+ years. she has ~$95K in student loans. I thought she should qualify for debt relief since she works in the school system. Unfortunately, they look at our joint income, which puts us out of contention. Their formula doesn’t account for all the expenses we incur with ... Read More »

                    Should I Go With Student Loan Education Center To Help With My Loans?

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                    “Dear Steve, I have about $18,000 in student loan debt. I recently was contacted by the Student Loan Education Center that said they were a third party company that was setting up consolidations for the US Dept of Education to consolidate my loans for a fee of $599. They said I qualified for an income based plan and then got ... Read More »

                      My Student Loan Lender Sent Too Much Money to The School

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                      “Dear Steve, I signed for 16,000 bank school loan, when a payment was late I received the bill stating the total was 21,000 two different loans, one for the 16,000 and another for 8,000. I told the bank 16,00 was mine. The story goes, the school told the loaner they only received 8,000 he called the bank and the said ... Read More »

                        Are My Student Loans Going to Destroy My Life?

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                        “Dear Steve, I was injured at work really bad. (Neck/Back/Shoulder) I missed 2 years of work. I lost everything I owned: House, my business. my boat,motorcycle, work trucks, and property. Everything was gone.It all went to pay bills and just to eat as I had a family of 4. At almost 40 years old i had to retrain, the injuries ... Read More »

                          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 »

                              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 »

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