Student loans will be the next huge financial crisis. There are problems both with the borrowers and the lenders. The borrowers do not understand the cost to repay the loan. The lenders, many are schools, profit from misleading the naive borrowers.

Some Defenses to Private Student Loan Collections

Student Loan Debt Rises to $1.5 TRILLION in May, 2018 There are two types of student loans – federal and private.  Federal loans have some protections for the lenders that private student loans do not.  Every month lawsuits are filed by the thousands, many that are invalid, but if the borrower does not respond the […]

What Happens if You Default on a Federal Student Loan?

What can happen if you default on a federal student loan? You are “in default” on your federal student loan if you have not paid in 270 days (approximately nine months).  Your wages can be garnished or your tax refunds seized. How do you stop seizure of your tax refunds?

Disabled Can Now Avoid Taxes When Student Loans Forgiven

Forgiveness of Student Loans: The Good News in the 2018 Tax Law: After January 1, 2018 borrowers whose student loans are forgiven due to “total and permanent disability” no longer have to pay federal income taxes on those forgiven loans. 

Student Loan Debt Mounting Daily

I make over $150K annually and I need to file bankruptcy Query from a new doctor: I am a newly graduated medical professional and single mom. In the past six months I have earned more than 80K. I think this disqualifies me from Chapter 7. Even though I make six figures, I have A TON […]

CItiBank Deceives Student Loan Borrowers

Citibank Deceived Borrowers About Tax Benefits, Incorrectly Charged Late Fees and Interest, Sent Misleading Monthly Bills and Incomplete Notices 11/22/17 – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Citibank, N.A. for student loan servicing failures that harmed borrowers. . Specifically, the Bureau found that Citibank: Citibank misled borrowers into believing that they were […]

Do Student Loan Debts Die With You?

“This is What Happens to Student Loans When You Die”. The following is a summary of USA Today article. It is important that you know the type of student loan (federal or private), the guarantors of the student loan (parents, etc), and the law of the state where you live.  This article cannot walk you […]

Tool to Help Navigate Student Loan Repayment Programs

CFPB – new report “Innovation Highlights: Emerging Student Loan Repayment Assistance Programs” Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “CFPB” released a new data finding that nearly half of student loan borrowers leave school owing at least $20,000 – double the number of borrowers a decade ago. The Bureau also found that more borrowers are taking out student […]

Did Navient Illegally Over-charge Student Loan Borrowers?

From Bloomberg: Student Loan Giant Faces Trial over US Claim it Duped Borrowers. Lawsuits brought by  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and state attorneys general of Washington and Illinois allege that Navient mistreated hundreds of thousands of student debtors by taking shortcuts to minimize its own costs, while adding what the CFPB said was as much as $4 […]

Collection of Private Student Loans Tossed Out of Court

From the New York Times: “Tens of thousands of people who took out private student loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing, . The troubled loans, which total at least $5 billion, are at the center of […]

Student Loan Forgiveness Approval Letters May Be Invalid

Thousands of student loan approval letters from FedLoan Servicing are not binding and can be rescinded at any time. According to a New York Times article “more than 550,000 people have signed up for a federal program that promises to repay their remaining student loans after they work 10 years in a public service job,” […]