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Educating Consumers: How To Spot a Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

By Bruce McClary The growing burden of student loan debt has drawn much attention from those who wish to address consumer needs, but not all of that attention is positive. Student loan debt relief is a term that is in danger of becoming synonymous with “scam” or “rip-off”. Some of the same players that were abusing consumer trust under the banner of for-profit debt settlement or foreclosure rescue are now …Read More

What College Graduates Should Know About Student Loan Repayment

By Bruce McClary If the results of the recent NFCC financial literacy online poll are any indicator, many college graduates will soon experience sleepless nights, as more than half of the respondents (53%) suggested that student loan debt repayment was causing them the most stress. The best way to feel more confident about keeping your student debt under control is to have a specific plan. Part of the planning process involves …Read More

Student Loan Borrowers Don’t Know What They Owe

By Jesse Campbell Here’s the scene: you’re closing on your dream house. The bank’s approved you for a loan. They present you with a stack of paperwork and begin to explain the terms and conditions of your mortgage. “Nah,” you say. “I’m good. Where do I sign?” “Don’t you want to know what you’re signing up for? The loan amount? The interest rate? The good faith estimate? Anything?” “Nope,” you …Read More

The Key to Surviving Student Loan Debt

By Jesse Campbell A recent report released by the Department of Education shows that student loan default rates have fallen slightly for the first time in seven years, but still remain uncomfortably high at approximately 14 percent. That means that one out of every seven student loan borrowers will default on their loans within three years of graduation. One possible reason for that massive default rate? Over the past decade total student …Read More

What To Do If You DefaultOn a Student Loan

By Lauralynn Schueckler It’s possible that you didn’t realize your loan came out of deferment, and you missed some payments. Unfortunately, we see this kind of thing all the time. If you’ve missed even one payment, then you are at risk of defaulting on your student loan. Defaulting on your loan has some serious consequences. However, here are a few things you can do to avoid any more damage. You …Read More

Mastering Student Loan Debt

By Barb Miller I’ve recently observed a few disturbing trends with student loan borrowers. I would like to share some of those with you, along with some tips for avoiding over-borrowing student loan debt. Otherwise, you might just sabotage your financial future. By this I mean you will owe so much in student loans you won’t be able to afford (or qualify for) a home mortgage or auto loan. TRENDS …Read More

How to Compare Financial Aid
and College Costs

By Lauralynn Schueckler Hooray! Spring has finally arrived, and students all across the country are receiving college acceptance letters in the mail. It’s an exciting opportunity, but it comes with a lot of life changing decisions to make, like how to pay for it. Cracking the code on financial aid is a big (and often stressful) part of making that final decision, and it’s not always easy to figure out …Read More

What You Need to Know
About Defaulted Student Loans

By Shannon Doyle Student loan default rates are on the rise. Defaulting on your student loans can have massively negative consequences: the federal government has powers to recapture your tax refunds, garnish your income without taking you to court, and can even garnish certain amounts and types of Social Security income. Not to mention there is no time limit on how long they can try to collect on your defaulted loans. …Read More

Financial Tips for College Freshmen

By Gail Cunningham For incoming freshmen college often means one thing: freedom. That freedom can come in the form of no curfew, no set study time, or no one looking over your shoulder as you spend money. Such freedoms can be part of a positive growth experience, or create negative situations which take years to recover from.  Last year more than 60,000 young adults under the age of 24 came to …Read More

How to Handle Student Loan Debt Collectors

By Lauralynn Schueckler When you default on a student loan, the government will usually hire debt collection agencies to collect on these loans. It’s not quite as straightforward as you might like to think, to try and get this loan to just disappear. The collection agencies are sometimes known to twist their words around to get what they want, while leaving you confused and hanging. Everyone needs to be aware …Read More