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School Accreditation Group in Tussle With CFPB

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently escalated a quiet action wit the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The issue raises some interesting questions about what role a school accreditation agency might play in the problem of easy access to student loan debt. Here is what public records say, “On August 25, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection ... Read More »

    Will Mark Tetzlaff Be Our Student Loan Hero?

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    Mark Tetzlaff is a law school student who might not have achieved his dream of being a licensed attorney but the guy surely deserves some props for championing the cause through the courts of being impossibly in debt with student loans and seeking a legal remedy. My last story on Tetzlaff, here, talked about how his request failed to have ... Read More »

      University of Phoenix Shot Down by Department of Defense

      The Department of Defense is telling the University of Phoenix they suck and get the hell off our bases. According to the Wall Street Journal the University of Phoenix will no longer be eligible for DoD tuition assistance as well. “Sen. Durbin said that he will be calling on the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs to ... Read More »

        CFPB Concerned About Widespread Servicing Failures Reported by Student Loan Borrowers


        CFPB and U.S. Departments of Education and Treasury Issue Framework for Servicing Reforms, Bureau Prioritizes Stamping Out Illegal Actions WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report outlining widespread servicing failures reported by both federal and private student loan borrowers. Consumers describe companies using a wide range of sloppy, patchwork practices that can create obstacles ... Read More »

          Millions of Federal Student Loans Lining Up to Be Eliminated and Borrowers Repaid

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          As a consumer debt expert for decades I’ve developed a pretty good sense of reading the tea leaves of debt. Sometimes this means making some sense out of puzzle pieces well in advance of assembly. I’m getting that same strong sense that student loan debtors are on the verge of a bold new ability to discharge massive amounts of federal ... Read More »

            New Data Reveals Stark Gaps in Graduation Rates Between Poor and Wealthy Students


            by Annie Waldman ProPublica, Sep. 24, 2015, 3:33 p.m. A new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower rates than their high-income peers. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City, only 35 percent of Pell Grant recipients graduate college, a rate that is more ... Read More »

              Department of Education Tips Hand on Student Loan Defense


              The Department of Education is scheduled to publish a request that seems to tip their hand about a borrower defense that could allow lots of students from having to repay their student loans. Clever attorneys will find a way to confirm if schools have violated state laws, as the government has claimed some have. If proven the school had violate ... Read More »

                Sarah Discovers Some Student Loans Can Be Settled

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                One of my readers, Sarah, recently shared her experience settling student loan debt. It a good followup piece to my article This is How You Can Settle Your Navient Student Loan. Sarah mentions several points that need clarification. But overall, she has learned, as others have, that you can settle private student loan debt in some situations. Sarah writes in ... Read More »

                  11 Myths About Student Loan Forgiveness

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                  If you have more student loan debt than you can handle, or if you’ve been paying and paying (and paying) and can’t make headway, chances are you’ve wondered about student loan forgiveness. As you look into your options, keep in mind that everything you read (or hear — even from your student loan servicer) may not be accurate. We asked ... Read More »

                    When You Make Student Loan Payments on an Income-Driven Plan, You Might be in for a Payment Shock


                    Aug 17 2015 By Seth Frotman Earlier this year, we asked you to share your #StudentDebtStress story. More than 30,000 of you answered, telling us about payment processing problems, servicing transfer snags, customer service confusion, and obstacles for borrowers in alternative repayment plans. You can check out the comments that were posted. For borrowers who are experiencing financial distress and ... Read More »

                      What’s Missing from Hillary Clinton’s Student Loan Plan


                      Little by little, the mass of humanity that’s running for President of the United States is coming to realize something very important: Not only does the $1.2 trillion worth of higher education-related debt pose significant macroeconomic peril to the country, but solving this problem (or, at least, coming close) has the potential to rally widespread, enthusiastic support across the generational ... Read More »

                        Brunner Test Needs to Die Say These Heroes in Student Loan Bankruptcy Discharge

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                        On July 29, 2015 the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and National Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) jointly filed a court document arguing a position in support of discharging student loans through the bankruptcy laws. Much thanks to the readers and tipster who slipped me the document. The matter of dealing with overwhelming student loan debt through bankruptcy has been ... Read More »

                          Law School Debtor Loses Bankruptcy Decision to Discharge His Debt, But Lessons Learned

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                          The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh District just ruled that a student loan debtor could not discharge his loans in his consumer bankruptcy case. Lately I’ve been writing about bankruptcy cases where consumers have been able to discharge substantial amounts of student loan debt. You can see the articles here. Before I go on I owe a ... Read More »

                            Another Consumer Nukes Their Student Loans Through Bankruptcy

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                            A reader contacted me to share his story of dealing with his unmanageable student loans through bankruptcy. Just recently I’ve written two articles that showed how people have fought the battle against their student loan companies and the bankruptcy court agreed to eliminate their debt. Read this and this. The cases of consumers making there case with the bankruptcy court ... Read More »

                              Ask The Expert: Why Can My Girlfriend Get Her Student Loans Fixed And I Can’t?

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                              Question: My girlfriend and I both have lots of student loans. We Googled “student loan consolidation” and got some sketchy-looking websites. But we’re desperate, so we entered some info into some fields. They said she could get her loans consolidated but mine couldn’t be. Is this for real? — Bill in Iowa Howard Dvorkin CPA answers… After getting some information from ... Read More »

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