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Mother Wins Bankruptcy Discharge of National Collegiate Student Loan Trust Student Loans

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A Los Angeles bankruptcy judge ordered student loans to be discharged on July 6, 2015 because they did not qualify as education loans under 11 U.S.C. 523(a)(8). Judge Neiter, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Los Angeles Division of the Central District of California, presided over the adversary proceeding case no. 2:14-ap-01722-RN, Schwartz v. National Collegiate Student Loan Trust and ... Read More »

    Department of Education Reaches Decision About Student Loans and Bankruptcy


    The Department of Education has just released guidance on how it will handle bankruptcy discharge requests for government backed student loan debt. And while the guidance is helpful, it’s also a bit disingenuous that it places the burden on students who believed what schools and colleges sold them as a smart financial move. The guidance wants to provide a balance ... Read More »

      Why Your Student Loan Debt Might be Bogus and Uncollectable


      Over the past decade we’ve seen a number of scandals floating around debt ownership and robosigning. That’s the process where creditors swear they are the real owners of a particular debt but can’t actually produce the proof when pushed to. And sense most consumers fold up into a ball and mostly never fight back when they are sued over old ... Read More »

        CFPB Says Student Loan Servicers Lie About Bankruptcy Discharge


        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?


          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


            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 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


                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


                            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


                              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 »

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