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Should I Stop Paying My Private Student Loans Now?

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Question: Dear Steve, I graduated in 2006 with over $50k in private student loans. After I graduated, Citi wanted $400/month. Unable to make the payments, I went on years of deferment and forbearance as my loan was bought and sold by several banks and lenders. My loan reached a max of $110,000. I am now 10 years removed from college, ... Read More »

    Discover Bank Screwed Over Student Loan Holders Says CFPB


    Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Discover Bank and its affiliates for illegal private student loan servicing practices. The CFPB found that Discover overstated the minimum amounts due on billing statements and denied consumers information they needed to obtain federal income tax benefits. The company also engaged in illegal debt collection tactics, including calling consumers early ... 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 »

        Legislation Would Require Private Student Loans Be Forgiven If Borrower Dies


        (Jeff) Shortly after the death of their daughter, a New York couple’s grief was interrupted by a battle with an entity they never imagined: her private student loan lender. Inheriting a dead child’s student loan debt is a problem too many parents have had to face, and one that a new piece of legislation aims to eliminate. New York Senator Chuck ... Read More »

          My Opera Singer Wife Will Never Get Out From Under the Student Loans

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          “Dear Steve, My wife has several federal student loans from grad school dating back to around 2005 She also took out two private student loans through Chase in 2005 and 2006 It has been sold several times and now is with AES. The interest is killing us. She sings opera, I’m a personal trainer. we simply don’t make enough. She ... Read More »

            How to Locate Who You Owe on Your Private Student Loans


            “Dear Steve, I’m a music teacher making $1,850 a month. I’m 31 and suffering the consequences of bad/lack of financial advice early on and of course my own terribly decisions. A few years ago when the calls started in earnest I jotted down notes on the names, location and totals of my student loans and I was almost $200,000. I ... Read More »

              I’m So Far in Student Loan Debt There is No Hope for Me. – Adam

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              “Dear Steve, I have private student loans as well as federal ones, but they gave me the loans without cosigners and the interest rates have basically made it so, despite making payments, the principal hasn’t gone down. At this point, I can’t afford to repay them all, have defaulted a few, and can barely afford the necessities needed to live. ... Read More »

                Shouldn’t Key Bank Have Backed Off During My Bankruptcy?

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                “Dear Steve, I graduated college in August 2010 and filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy in September of 2010 to get rid of some credit card debt I had. Under the bankruptcy I was told by my lawyer that my student loans would go into the automatic stay and be protected there until the discharge of my other debts was granted. This ... Read More »

                  I Took Out Chase Private Student Loans and My Father Cosigned


                  “Dear Steve, I was very irresponsible in this decision that I had made back in 2007 (after I had graduated high school), I somehow managed to convince my father to co-sign a loan for me for $8,500. My father barely speaks English and you could say that I even tricked him into signing those papers. It was terrible. Anyway, I ... Read More »

                    Can They Garnish My Wages in Pennsylvania for Student Loans? – Inez

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                    “Dear Steve, My private student loan from Chase went into default. I worked part-time just above minimum wage while in school. When I tried to get further deferrment they told me I did not make enough payments to qualify. I continued to make payments, though under the minimum. I never received a call from the new department concerning this 3rd ... Read More »

                      How Can I Get My Father Off My Private Student Loans as a Co-Signer?


                      “Dear Steve, I’m about $80,000 in debt in private student loans. I’m behind on my payments and my credit is a mess. My father co-signed on my loan with his perfect credit. I was wondering if you had any advice for me. Is there any way to consolidate private student loans without adding a co-signer? I am trying to consolidate ... Read More »

                        What Can Sallie Mae Do to My Mom? – James

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                        “Dear Steve, My mother has no clue what she is doing when it comes to finances and there is no question that my Mother’s student loans are going to default very soon (213 days and counting). She is 65 years old and a part-time hairdresser who works for a boss that requires her to pay for her own chemicals. We ... Read More »

                          So What Can I Do About My Private Student Loans So I Don’t Default? – Temple


                          “Dear Steve, I have an excessive amount of private school loans. My parents did not necessarily help me during college and so my loan amount was requested at a little more than my tuition in order to sustain other college expenses. At this time I have exhausted my Graduated Repayment options and am no longer eligible for any type of ... Read More »

                            New Obama Student Loan Proposal – Swing and a Miss


                            Yesterday President Obama made an announcement that a good federal student loan repayment program would be expanded to allow up to five million more people to take advantage of Pay As You Earn (PAYE). Certainly on face value it seems like a grand advancement and it is a small step in the right direction but in reality it’s more like ... Read More »

                              Private Student Loans Suck and I Can’t Dump My Cosigner

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                              “Dear Steve, I have a ton of student loan debt. I have around $70,000 in federal which is a ton, but manageable since I am on the income based payments and they have been great to work with. I have around $50,000 in private student loan debt that I can’t afford. My mom is a cosigner on them and it ... Read More »

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