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Sallie Mae

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 »

    The Statute of Limitations Has Expired on My Sallie Mae Student Loans

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    “Dear Steve, I took out 4 student loans in 2005, 2 Federal and 2 Private. I am current and making payments on the Federal, but my 2 private loans with Sallie Mae have more than tripled in size since 2007. Sallie Mae is trying to say I made a payment in 2009, but there is conflicting information on my credit ... Read More »

      Sallie Mae Won’t Help Me Lower My Interest Rate

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      “Dear Steve, Student loans from 1997 at 8.5% fixed rate when consolidated federal loans. I cannot get any help from Sallie Mae to reduce my interest rates. I don’t want to refi with a personal loan because I’ve been laid off three times during my career. I tried Income based for one year reduced my loan amount $100 but now ... Read More »

        I Was the Biggest Jerk to Get So Buried in Student Loans

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        “Dear Steve, I have $130,000 in private student loans from Wells Fargo, Sallie Mae, Citibank and Discover. The minimum monthly payment is $1,595. Since graduating in 2011 with a liberal arts bachelor’s degree, I’ve made monthly minimums through myriad part time jobs, usually several at once, odd jobs and temporary positions through a staffing agency–never finding full time work and ... Read More »

          I Co-Signed With Sallie Mae for My Daughter. Now They Want to Sue Me.

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          “Dear Steve, I am having an issue with Sallie Mae student loan debt that I co-signed for. They are threatening to sue me since my daughter cannot pay the debt. I am unemployed and have been out of work off and on for over 6 years. I have only worked 5 weeks this whole entire year. I have no assets ... Read More »

            My Husband is a Disabled Vet and the Student Lenders Are Coming After Us

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            “Dear Steve, My son has 2 Government Student Loans(Sallie Mae & NelNet). He is paying over $300.00 on each one, but they want $816.00. My husband is a Disabled Vietnam Veteran and now the loans are coming after us. They want to garnish his pensions of the difference in payment. I do not work cause I take care of my ... 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 »

                  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 »

                    I’m Not Paying My Private Student Loan and Now Live Abroad

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                    “Hi Steve, I have a non-federal student loan (Sallie Mae -$12K) and have not made a payment on it in over 5 years. Apart from trying to negotiate a payment plan when i was out of work and could not afford my repayments, I have had no contact with them. For the last year or two a collection agency has ... Read More »

                      What is the Best Way to Get Off a Sallie Mae Student Loan as Cosigner?

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                      “Dear Steve, I cosigned a student loan for a friend in 2000. Friend has not paid or not made regular payments. Loan is through Sallie Mae. Loan has gone to collections. Collections agency is contacting me at work, calling my parent’s home, my cell phone. Friend does not have money to pay or says does not have enough money to ... Read More »

                        My Apollo College Student Loan Was Sold to Sallie Mae

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                        “Dear Steve, I enrolled in Apollo College’s Vet Tech program in 2003. Through them I obtained a loan from First National Bank for the tuition of around $6,000.00. One of the first questions I asked the loan officer was whether or not my loan was of the type that would later be sold to another agency. I was assured that ... Read More »

                          How Can I Get Sallie Mae to Settle My Student Loan Debt? – Julio

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                          “Dear Steve, I have been paying on a $65,000 private student loan for about 4 years I worked out a deal where I pay interest only around $400 a month. None of the money goes to the actual principle. The original loan was for $30,000. Recently Sallie Mae started asking for $700 a month and I can not afford that! ... Read More »

                            How Can I Repay My Sallie Mae Student Loans When I’m Broke?

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                            “Dear Steve, I have 8 private tuition answer loans from Sallie Mae in the total amount of $138,000 taken out between 2004-2008. After school I was able to make some payments and paid the $150 forbearance fee. Then after the crash of the economy I have not found employment that would give me enough income to cover my living expense, ... Read More »

                              How Can I Get Rid of My Private Student Loans if I’m Disabled? – Wayne

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                              “Dear Steve, I have had Federal and private student loans. I have Total & Permanent Disability discharge of the Federal loans. My private signature loans are with Sallie Mae. I have not been able to work forever. I have defaulted on the loans. I have not paid on the loans since Sept. 2010. The loans have been turned over to ... Read More »

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