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Should I Consolidate My Student Loans Into a Variable Rate Loan?

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“Dear Steve, I graduated in 2008. I’m still paying down student loans, often more than the minimum payment. I have a mix of private and federal loans at varying interest rates. Would consolidating my student loans into a loan with a variable interest rate be beneficial? How long will the interest rate likely remain low? Is there anything in particular ... Read More »

    Student Loan Service Managers Consumer Agreement Review

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    “Dear Steve, Can you look over this agreement Student Loan Service Managers Sent Me? Anonymous” Dear Anonymous, I’m happy to look over the agreement for you and give you some feedback. Keep in mind I am not a lawyer and can’t provide you with any legal feedback. All I can do is read it like a friend and point out ... Read More »

      My Federal Student Loan Payments are Getting Tougher to Make

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      “Dear Steve, I have 11 federal student loans totaling just over $55k. (DI Special subcns, DI Special UnSubcns, Stafford subcns, and Stafford unsubcns loans) see attachment These are loans for my undergraduate & graduate degree. To date, I have not been delinquent in any fashion. Also, I have a good credit score rating, over 730. I have found it more ... Read More »

        Should We File Bankruptcy on Our Student Loan Judgment?

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        “Dear Steve, We have three student loans right now worth a significant amount of money. One of those creditors took legal action against us last year and won their judgement against us. We are waiting for wage garnishment against us to appeal that as we aren’t even in the state where the court awarded the judgement any longer. How long ... Read More »

          I Have a Consolidated Parent PLUS Loan I Need to Find Relief For

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          “Dear Steve, I have a consolidated federal parent plus loan for my daughter in the amount of 29k. I have been paying for 7 years is there any relief for me anywhere? I am 61 years of age. Elaine” Dear Elaine, There is so much unknown from your question. Please feel free to post updates in the comments below. If ... Read More »

            If You Used Your Private Student Loans for Stuff Other Than Tuition, Read This

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            “Dear Steve, I have both private and federal student loans. My private loans make up about 3/4 of my student loan debt which is around $36k. I fell for the whole, “wait until you graduate to deal with your loans” advice my school and others gave me. I definitely regret that now!! I saw in an article today that you ... Read More »

              We Are Moving Out of America. Can We Just Leave Our Student Loans Behind? – Anouck

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              “Dear Steve, I’m a Dutch citizen, my husband is a US citizen. He has federal student loans on his own (approx. $20K), and I co-signed for his private student loan with Sallie Mae (aka The Devil) for about $40K. We have filed for Chapter 13 and are currently not making payments. We are planning on moving to the Netherlands (most ... Read More »

                I’m So Stressed Being a Sallie Mae Cosigner. I Want to Be Removed. – Ronda

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                “Dear Steve, I co-signed student loan for my son, who has graduated from college, but is not working, cannot pay the loan…I am on Social Security, and the stress is killing me. Is there any possible way to get me out of this? What needs to happen to get me removed as a co-signer. How to get out of a ... Read More »

                  I’m So Far in Student Loan Debt There is No Hope for Me. – Adam

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                  “Dear Steve, I have private student loans as well as federal ones, but they gave me the loans without cosigners and the interest rates have basically made it so, despite making payments, the principal hasn’t gone down. At this point, I can’t afford to repay them all, have defaulted a few, and can barely afford the necessities needed to live. ... Read More »

                    I’m in an Administrative Wage Garnishment. How Can I Consolidate My Student Loans? – Tina

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                    “Dear Steve, My wages are garnished for a defaulted student loan. I read your post about consolidating and getting on a reduced payment plan (IBR). I have tried this with my federal student loan agency and they will not allow me to do this. Their response is that I cannot consolidate while I am in administrative wage garnishment. They insist ... Read More »

                      Why Didn’t the Bankruptcy Court Discharge My Student Loans? I’m a Teacher.

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                      “Dear Steve, My husband & I filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Arizona in 2011, discharged May, 2011. We filed due to his medical conditions, which caused our family to loose a decrease in wages, which eventually led to permanent disability. We lost our house & moved back to Arkansas (5/2011) to be closer to family. I am a certified teacher, ... Read More »

                        Shouldn’t Key Bank Have Backed Off During My Bankruptcy?

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                        “Dear Steve, I graduated college in August 2010 and filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy in September of 2010 to get rid of some credit card debt I had. Under the bankruptcy I was told by my lawyer that my student loans would go into the automatic stay and be protected there until the discharge of my other debts was granted. This ... Read More »

                          What is the Process to Get ITT Tech Student Loans Forgiven?

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                          “Dear Steve, My husband and I both went to school at ITT Tech, a for-profit college. My husband got a Bachelor’s degree and I have an Associate’s degree. We each owe $100,000 in federal student loans. I am unemployed and my husband just started getting his wages garnished. We live paycheck to paycheck. If we could afford to pay we ... Read More »

                            Can I File Bankruptcy on My Federal Student Loans to Stop My Wage Garnishment?

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                            “Dear Steve, Wage garnishment has been in effect for almost two years. I was always told that you cannot file bancruptcy on fed student loans…is this true? Currently i am garnished for 25% every two weeks. I no longer can afford my home car etc. Im losing everything. I have filed bankruptcy before and would prefer not to do it ... Read More »

                              My Wife Went Back to School for a Special Education Teaching Credential and We’ve Got Loads of Sallie Mae Debt Now

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                              “Dear Steve, My wife has $38k in new student loans for a Special Education Teaching Credential, the loan is through Sallie Mae. We make $160k/year in California with 8 children, total family of 10. We file Married Jointly. Initial repayment is around $400/month. My wife is currently employed as a special education teacher, full time. Our income may seem like ... Read More »

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