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CFPB Says Student Loan Servicers Lie About Bankruptcy Discharge

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a document critical of student loan servicers. Kind of an easy document to write because for the most part student loan servicers suck donkey balls with all their bad information and horrible advice to consumers. But here are the big items the CFPB says they really, really horrible at getting right. Misleading ... Read More »

    Can You Discharge Private Student Loans in Bankruptcy?

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    There’s a big misconception that private student loans can never be discharged in bankruptcy. People have repeated that statement so often they believe it to be a fact. The only problem is it’s not quite true. Some private student loans are clearly eligible to be wiped away in a consumer bankruptcy. Even in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, it takes only ... Read More »

      There’s a Catch to Income-Based Repayment That Could Cost You Money

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      When it comes to dealing with student loans it can be a good news-bad news situation. While there are some good options to dealing with student loans when you can’t afford the payments, not all loans are the same. Federal student loans have a number of repayment options while private student loans tend to be more limited in terms of ... Read More »

        One Way to Eliminate Your Student Loans in Your Spare Time

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        We talk a lot about student loan debt and how to deal with it here at GetOutOfDebt.org. It is something that so many people are trapped under. How do you start a family, buy a home or just live a comfortable life when your minimum monthly student loan payment is more than most mortgage payments? You could easily pay off ... Read More »

          Democrats Introduce Bill to Restore Bankruptcy Treatment for Student Loans

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          Senator And Others Say It’s Time To Restore Fairness And Common Sense To Bankruptcy Treatment Of Student Loans U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) led a group of 12 other Senators today in introducing a bill that will help address the student debt crisis by treating privately issued student loans in bankruptcy the same as other types of private unsecured debt. ... Read More »

            Will You Finally Be Able to Get Rid of Your Student Loans in Bankruptcy?

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            This week the White House announced a new Student Aid Bill of Rights, which aims to help federal student loan debtors with better options and more clarity in dealing with their problem student loans. While most of the new initiatives announced are geared toward eliminating unnecessary payment hurdles and make dealing with federal student loan repayment options easier, one section ... Read More »

              Student Aid Bill of Rights to Assist Federal Student Loan Debtors

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              In a move that could help make it easier for federal student loan debtors to deal with their loans, President Obama has just announced a new Student Aid Bill of Rights. It appears the government might be making it easier for consumers to discharge federal student loans through bankruptcy. Take a look at Section 3(b) below. In section 2(c) the ... Read More »

                U.S. Dept of Education Says Some of Their Debt Collectors Just Suck

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                Following a review of 22 private collection agencies, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will wind down contracts with five private collection agencies that were providing inaccurate information to borrowers. The five companies are: Coast Professional, Enterprise Recovery Systems, National Recoveries, Pioneer Credit Recovery, and West Asset Management. The Department also announced that it will provide enhanced ... Read More »

                  What Can I Do if I’m Delinquent on My Federal and Private Student Loans?

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                  Q: What are my debt relief options if I am delinquent on both my federal student loans and my private student loans? A: Falling behind on your student loan payments is a problem far too common. I speak with people on a frequent basis facing delinquency in payment of their student loans. One of the problems I hear most often ... Read More »

                    Will Settling a Private Student Loan Wreck My Credit?

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                    A reader recently wrote in, concerned about whether an old unpaid student loan could be reported to the credit reporting agencies: I was recently contacted about an old school loan. It is either close or very close to the statue of limitation and has never showed up on my credit report. I thought maybe the school charged it off years ... Read More »

                      7 Student Loan Terms to Know to Save the Most Money

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                      While applying for and receiving student loans is easier than in years past, many students sign up for heavy debt burdens without familiarizing themselves with important loan terms. Without knowing basic terminology, students are unable to competitively shop for loans, and choose the one that works best for them. Here are a few key terms to know: Principal – The ... Read More »

                        Why Income Based Student Loan Payments Can Be a Terrible Trap

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                        What Student Loan Assistance Companies Are Not Telling You With the surge in companies that are selling student loan assistance programs it seems their product is most commonly just filling out paperwork to enroll people in income driven repayment programs for federal student loans. It’s an easy sale, “We Can Lower Your Payment,” is a powerful message that resonates with ... Read More »

                          These Student Loan Facts Make Me Want to Vomit

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                          The Federal Reserve Bank of New York just published information that makes me concerned for the financial future of consumers who fall into the student loan trap. Despite what people feel or say, there are still affordable ways to get a college education without going $175,000 in debt for a graphic arts bachelors degree. The value of a good community ... Read More »

                            Student Loan Default Rates Really Suck

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                            Today, the New York Fed released the Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit for the fourth quarter of 2014. The report is based on data from the New York Fed’s Consumer Credit Panel, a nationally representative sample drawn from anonymized Equifax credit data. Overall, aggregate balances increased by $117 billion, or 1.0 percent, boosted by increases in all credit ... Read More »

                              What to Do if Sued by National Collegiate Student Loan Trust for Not Paying Private Student Loans

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                              Question. What are my options if I have been sued by National Collegiate Student Loan Trust? Answer. Getting served with a lawsuit isn’t an enjoyable experience. If you aren’t familiar with the legal process, it can leave you confused, anxious and overwhelmed. I have spoken with a fair number of people that have been sued after they stopped paying their ... Read More »

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