And don’t forget about the federal Consumer Financial Protection Board (at least for the next few days) and your state’s consumer law resources at the Department of Justice or maybe other departments. Your own state’s legal services organizations and your own school’s legal services office may also have free information and legal assistance for you.
Marketplace Money ran an interview with Ron Lieber, author of the recent NYT story on discharging student loan debt in bankruptcy:
2) Ron Lieber’s (9/31/12) New York Times article:
Last Plea on School Loans: Proving a Hopeless Future
Who has your student loans? Can they be consolidated? What if I can’t pay them?
Liz Pulliam Weston’s column (which I read in the 10/18/09, Oregonian), and is also on her website, answered an interesting and tricky question about student loans. You may learn as much as I did about how to follow the trail of your student loans:
1) Student loans in collections? Here’s where to find help, by Liz Weston
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (and here) started July 1, 2009. There is more information, and links, at this Law School Academic News blog post. (Note: the program is not just for law students.)
This is a very new program and I recommend you run a search for the most up-to-date information. The following Google searches will bring up dot gov or dot edu sites, which are the best place to begin for very new educational benefit program information. You can also check with your financial aid office, if you are still a student.
Search string: Public Service Loan Forgiveness program site:.gov
Search string: Public Service Loan Forgiveness program site:.edu