I’m a Military Reservist Heading Out for Active Duty With Problem Student Loans

Question: Dear Steve, I incurred a large amount of student loan debt ($120k of private loans and $24k of federal loans). I am a reservist who has deployed 3 times and preparing for my 4th deployment and this time to Afghanistan. I’m looking into options to reduce my student loan debts. Are there any programs … Read more

Student Loans: Oversight of Servicemembers’ Interest Rate Cap Could Be Strengthened

What GAO Found The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides servicemembers with an interest rate cap of 6 percent on student loans while they are on active duty. The number of servicemembers with federal student loans who received this rate cap increased as a result of the Department of Education (Education) requiring federal loan servicers … Read more

Military Lending Act is Going to be a Big Deal for Service Members

The Military Lending Act (MLA) provides some much needed protections for active duty members of the armed forces or on active Guard or Reserve duty. Under this federal regulation, covered members of the military can’t be charged an interest rate higher than 36% on some types of consumer loans like certain payday loans, auto title … Read more

Military Member On Duty Sent to Collection for Student Loans

“Dear Steve, I am duty military and I was deployed overseas for about four years as a training instructor to foreign military. Before I went oversea I contacted Mohela and I was told that my loans would be deferred. To make a long story short that wasn’t the case my loans had defaulted without my … Read more

I’m in the Military Reserves. How Can I Get My Student Loans Forgiven? – Kolby

“Dear Steve, Military Member in the Reserves, Student loan forgiveness and lender credit freeze at a 6% interest rate How does the loan forgiveness work for military members? I have been in the Army Reserves for the past 2 years does the program apply to me? I was also wondering about the 6% interest freeze … Read more

Military Members to Get Temporary Extension of Financial Protections

Effective February 2, 2013, military service members will have greater protection from foreclosure. Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, active duty military personnel were protected from a foreclosure or repossession made during the military service or within 9 months thereafter. This protection is being extended from 9 months to one year and will revert expire … Read more

Capital One Spanked by OCC Over Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Violations

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today announced enforcement actions against Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., for violations and compliance deficiencies related to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The SCRA provides servicemembers relief from certain obligations and temporarily suspends judicial and administrative proceedings and transactions involving civil … Read more

Big Foreclosure Compensation, But Only for the Right Wrongs

by Paul Kiel ProPublica Can you put a price on the damage caused by a wrongful foreclosure? Banking regulators have. And it’s $125,000. Or $60,000. Or $15,000. Or2026 it’s unclear. Last November, banking regulators launched a process to force the big banks to compensate homeowners victimized by their foreclosure abuses. Many crucial details remained unclear, … Read more

How Does a “Mortgage Release” Work to Let Us Hand Back Our House. My Husband is Active Duty Military.

We can’t make our payments, applied for a modification over a year ago. Paid trial payments and the first couple of regular payments, then received a notice from the mortgage co. that they were mistaken, and the mod had not actually gone through. I stopped making the payments as they were not being credited anyway. … Read more

Military active status, how do I get my auto loan intrest rate reduced to 6 percent? – Donny

I am new car franchise dealer, i recently sold a class e-5 active army seargent, in the past i was at a large dealership in little rock ar. and we were familiar and had several that took advantage of this program. I am currently in a small town and dealership that has never heard of … Read more

My Husband is Active Duty Military. We Can’t Live Together Because of the Mortgage. – Lisa

“Dear Steve, My husband’s employer did drastic pay cuts in 2009. He left his job of 13 years and joined the Army. Our 1st duty station was Germany. We were able to rent our house out, but the renters left after the lease was up in Sept. Property management company couldn’t rent it out, we … Read more

Chase Bank Overcharges Troops on Mortgages and Admits to Improper Foreclosures

by Marian Wang, ProPublica, JPMorgan Chase acknowledged this week that it overcharged some 4,000 military families for their mortgages and wrongfully foreclosed on at least 14. It’s not clear how much the mistakes have cost these families, but the bank told NBC News that it’s collectively refunding about $2 million [1] to those affected. It … Read more

I Am On Active Duty in the Army in Iraq and Have a Lot of Debt Back Home. – Henry

“Dear Steve, Im a home owner, a land owner, two cars, two credit cards(both maxed out), and some other credit through the Army I am paying on. I am an active duty soldier in iraq at the moment. I total my debt at close to 120,000 dollars or so. The house is with gmac, land … Read more

I’m Active Duty Military. Is There Any Relief I Can Get From My Mortgage? – Kenneth

“Dear Steve, Miltary active duty. Married with a child. Bought my home in 2006 at the hieght of the real estate “boom” and now stuck with a property that is worth 80,000 dollars less than what I owe on it. I am currently 80,000 dollars upside down on my mortgage. I own the home in … Read more