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What Caused the Student Loan Debt Problem?

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By Mark Tetzlaff, JD, MBA, MAR Everyone agrees that student loan debt is spiraling out of control. Analysts cite many reasons, but offer few remedies. In my view, the reason for no offers of plausible solutions is that experts have failed to pinpoint the primary cause—Congress passing the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 (HEA-92) and its resultant effects that make ... Read More »

My Business Failed and I’m a Disabled Veteran


Question: Dear Steve, We bought an existing business – a gym- with an SBA loan. Even though we grew the membership from 80 to 430 within 2 years, the overhead and servicing the loans were crushing us. Enter the $10 per month gym chains and we had no other option than to sell the gym for a fraction of what ... Read More »

I Thought My Art Institute Student Loans Were Eliminated in My Bankruptcy? – Stephanie

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Question: Dear Steve, I went to the Art Institute of California for video production. I graduated in December of 2009. Due to life I had not been able to pay my loans. The went from being 54,000 when I graduated to over a 120,000 last year. Most of the loans were private and I got them discharged in bankruptcy at ... Read More »

I Have $210K of Student Loans, But Debt Collectors Stopped Calling. Am I Free?


Almost everyone looks back at something they did when they were younger and thinks, “Yeah, that was stupid.” That can be a particularly painful thought when that something involves taking on student loan debt. Unfortunately, millions of people know that pain, and because of the laws unique to student loans, they may have to live with that pain for a very, ... Read More »

Ask The Expert: Why Can My Girlfriend Get Her Student Loans Fixed And I Can’t?

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Question: My girlfriend and I both have lots of student loans. We Googled “student loan consolidation” and got some sketchy-looking websites. But we’re desperate, so we entered some info into some fields. They said she could get her loans consolidated but mine couldn’t be. Is this for real? — Bill in Iowa Howard Dvorkin CPA answers… After getting some information from ... Read More »

Tell us about your student debt stress


May 14 2015 By Seth Frotman If you are paying back student loans, you are not alone. Over 40 million Americans are repaying more than $ 1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt. Significant debt can have a domino effect on the major choices you make in your life: whether to take a particular job, whether to move, whether to ... Read More »

5 Student Loan Terms Every Borrower Should Know

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If you have student loan debt, you’ve probably noticed that your loans have a language all their own – and the last thing you want to do is spend your free time learning it. The good news is that you don’t need to be fluent in loan lingo in order to navigate the world of education debt – but familiarizing yourself with ... Read More »

The Way We Look at Student Loan Debt Is Dangerously Wrong


Another calendar quarter has passed and the latest edition of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Report on Household Debt and Credit is on the wire. As usual, there’s plenty of news to pick apart. Take, for example, the reported $ 117 billion increase in average household debt in the final three months of 2014. Some might say that ... Read More »

6 Reasons to Love (Okay, Grudgingly Accept) Your Student Loans

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, but we know you don’t want to put a ring on your student loans. Even if you can’t love them, here are six good reasons to value your loans. A college degree is still good value. A recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York affirms what we have long said: going to ... Read More »

Student Loan Debt Relief and Credit Counselors in 2015 and Beyond


Legitimate Debt relief services are often boiled down to 3 categories, which include nonprofit credit counseling agencies, debt negotiators, and bankruptcy attorneys. I want to focus on the role of today’s credit counselors, and how they can fill a larger pair of shoes this year and beyond, with a keen focus on student debt. Student loan debt has rightly been ... Read More »

What if I Just Pay Less Than They Want on My Student Loans

To get the real answers, do the math and listen to what it has to say. Math does not lie.

“Dear Steve, I received my master’s in 2011. I worked in my field for about 6 months until the job was dissolved due to a change in contract. During this time my son had major health problems and now I say home with him during the day and work part time in the evenings. My wife make good money but ... Read More »

Student Loans Will Kill Your Dreams of Home Ownership

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The vast majority of consumers in America make important financial decisions basically by-the-seat-of-their-pants. I know people mean well but it is commonly bad advice and accepted assumptions that cause a bright financial future to be scuppered. Let’s take the issue of student loans for example. Loads of people blindly regurgitate “student loans are good debt” so much so they believe ... Read More »

Will My Parents Have to Pay My Student Loans? – Roger


“Dear Steve, Hi, I have some student loan debt (a total of $82,000) and I was wondering if something should happen to me, would my parents need to pay it off? I have always wondered this, because well frankly stuff happens and we don’t always know what might happen tomorrow. I am including a copy of the types of loans ... Read More »

Why Most Student Loan Debt Advice is Bad or Just Wrong

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As a consumer debt expert it is exceedingly frustrating hearing from people all around the country on a daily basis who are seeking good help for their student loan troubles, only to get really bad advice, or worse, ripped off. The scammers are ahead of the experts on selling student loan solutions. It’s not unusual at all for me hear ... Read More »

Student Loans Continue to be Ticking Time Bomb

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If you could see me at the moment you’d find a man blue in the face. Literally blue! And I’m blue from talking about the dangers of student loans over the past years and having it fall of deaf ears. Recent data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Equifax shows just how dangerous student loans are. In ... Read More »

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