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Income-Driven Repayment Programs for Federal Student Loans are a Mess

Income-Driven Repayment Programs for Federal Student Loans are a Mess

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just published a report examining Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) programs and how they are being managed. The findings are not encouraging. The Department of Education approved forgiveness for a total of 157 loans under Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans as of June 1, 2021, but has not taken the steps necessary …

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New Free Debt Relief Help if Your Student Loans Were Put Into Forbearance

New Free Debt Relief Help if Your Student Loans Were Put Into Forbearance

The Department of Education announced steps that will bring borrowers closer to public service loan and income-driven repayment (IDR) forgiveness by addressing historical failures in the administration of the federal student loan programs. Federal Student Aid (FSA) estimates that these changes will result in immediate debt cancellation for at least 40,000 borrowers under the Public …

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Flushing Money Down the Toilet: Income-Based Repayment Plans for Student Debtors

Congress has been dropping “helicopter money” into the national economy–adding significantly to the national debt, which now exceeds $25 trillion. That’s a lot of money for our grandchildren to pay back. My own grandkids are ambivalent about this situation. My four-year-old says he thinks he can do it if his dad will increase his allowance, …

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Nearly All Department of Education Loan Programs Seemingly Broken Under DeVos

The Department of Education under Betsy DeVos seems to be broken when it comes to overseeing student loan programs. Deep issues are preventing debtors from getting access to programs and forgiveness under the law. The biggest broken programs are Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Borrower Defense to Repayment, Closed School Discharges, and now a new class-action …

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Student Loan Assistance Companies on Notice Now for Inflating Repayment Plans to Get $0 Payments

A long implemented trick by some student loan assistance companies has been to tell consumers they can inflate the number of people they support in order to reduce the monthly payment on Income-Drive Repayment (IDR) Plans. Consumers have reported and I’ve covered stories where sales representatives of student loan assistance companies, sometimes pretending to be …

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I Don’t Have Anything and Won’t Have Anything But This Damn Student Loan Debt

Question: Dear Steve, I have like 150k in loans, most federal but about 30k private, I My degree was worthless, fine art. I sure wish I never went to graduate school, but thought it would lead to a college job, thanks 2008. I’ve been putting the loans off for 10 years now. making some payments …

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Are Income Driven Repayment Plans a Scam for Federal Student Loans?

Question: Dear Steve, Hey there. I’m eligible for Income based student loan repayment of $0, but I can’t find anything that actually tells me what that means when I’m not paying any money towards the loans. Right now I’m paying around $70 a month, so what’s the catch of $0? Melissa Answer: Dear Melissa, The …

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