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Did My Bankruptcy Attorney Make a Mistake by Not Getting My Student Loans Discharged?

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Question: Dear Steve, I was laid off 11/3/2008 with 2 kids in college and the sole financial provider for 3 kids and my wife. I paid every bill on time through June of 2011 despite being out of work the 1st time for 17 months. I filed chapter 7 in July of 2011. I survived by using my retirement accounts ... Read More »

    I Went to University of Phoenix Without Graduating from High School

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    Question: Dear Steve, I went to University of Phoenix back in 2002. I started going to classes onsite in Dallas but then moved to online approach when I relocated to another state. I finished the Master of Arts in Organizational Management in 2004 but have not been able to use the degree..in fact took it off my resume. It is ... Read More »

      I’m a Pilot. Can My Student Loans Be Discharged in Bankruptcy?

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      Question: Dear Steve, I am a pilot who currently has several private student loans that are making me unable to own a home or even live on my own. I was a victim of scam in which they said my loans would be discharged in court meanwhile I was supposed to pay a very large fee. Upon some investigation I ... Read More »

        Is the Mark Tetzlaff Case Over at the Supreme Court? Maybe Not.

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        By Gordon Wayne Watts This is a follow-up to this story that Steve wrote about Mark Tetzlaff and his student loan Supreme Court efforts. We recall Mark Tetzlaff, a law student with a staggering $260,000 in college loan debt, is a 56-year old, Waukesha, Wisconsin resident, who lives with his eighty-five-year-old mother, both of whom subsist solely the income from ... Read More »

          Department of Education Serious About Discharging Fraudulent Student Loans

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          The Department of Education is getting very serious about a process that would allow those with federal student loans to apply for a full discharge of their loans if the schools deceived them. It’s an approach and subject I’ve talked about here. Recently the U.S. Department of Education released a proposal that would establish borrower-friendly processes for seeking and obtaining ... Read More »

            The Borrower Defense Pothole That Will Swallow Many Trying to Forgive Student Loans

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            The Federal Trade Commission recently put out advice advising student not to pay for help in submitting a claim to have all of their federal student loans forgiven due to fraud. This fraud issue is one where many people could actually have all of their federal student loans forgiven. See my recent article on this here, here, here and here. ... Read More »

              Using This Information Man Discharges $130K in Federal Student Loans in Bankruptcy

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              I’ve been going on-and-on about a July 7th, 2015 statement put out by the U.S. Department of Education that talked about how the government has made allowances to approve the discharge of federal student loan debt through bankruptcy, in some situations; namely, under the “Undue Hardship” clause of the Federal Bankruptcy Code, under the exception rule commonly known as 11 ... Read More »

                Do I Have a Good Case for Eliminating My Private Student Loan Debt?

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                Question: Dear Steve, I am interested in pursuing bankruptcy for my private student loans. While this is usually a futile battle, documentation from the research I have done will make my claim valid. I have $41000 in debt to ACS, and I have $111000 in debt to Navient (Sallie Mae). Only about $30,000 of that money ($152,000) was actually used ... Read More »

                  Before You Enrolled in College Did They Tell You Your Degree Sucks?

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                  In my ongoing thread over the concern colleges and universities have been enrolling students and not giving them the window sticker of what was really to be expected (see this, this, and this) comes this interesting information out today. While some students were induced to enroll in college and go deep into debt, there is growing concern that the messages ... Read More »

                    Door Prepares to Slam for Student Loan Forgiveness Due to Fraud

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                    Back in October of 2014 I wrote a story titled Millions of Federal Student Loans Lining Up to Be Eliminated and Borrowers Repaid. At the time I wrote that article some people said I was crazy. After all, how could people actually have their federal student loans forgiven because they were defrauded. Well the simple answer is because it is ... Read More »

                      Another Consumer Wins in Bankruptcy Court and Discharges Student Loans

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                      An attorney reader sent me a case about another consumer who successfully had their federal student loans discharged in bankruptcy. This is a rapidly evolving topic and certainly not ever court district offer up the same considerations when it comes to a discharge. But there are still a number of people who say discharging your student loans in bankruptcy is ... Read More »

                        Bankruptcy Court Tells Dept of Ed to Go Shove IBR as Unrealalistic

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                        On Jun 24, 2015, Michael Abney became a student loan hero when he filed his own adversary proceeding with the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Western District of Missouri. When I say he became a hero it’s because his case is just another step forward in providing some semblance of hope and logic for people impossibly buried under a ... Read More »

                          Private Student Loan Lenders Silently Slash Debt But You Don’t Know It

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                          Dealing with student loans can be a frightening process. Not only is student loan debt exploding but there is a significant amount of concern that many students were misled and lied to by schools willing to sell butts into seats with nearly almost any misrepresentation. This concern has been especially true at many for-profit schools funded by both federal and ... 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 »

                              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 »

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