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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 »

                  Is There Any Hope to Stop a Student Loan Wage Garnishment?

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                  Question: Dear Steve, I’m wanting to know who I can contact so I can come up with a plan to pay back my student loan, being that my tax return was garnished. Is there some type of plan I can try to go into so things don’t get worse for me and who can I contact. On credit report it ... Read More »

                    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 »

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