Articles Tagged with Student loans

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Please do your research before despairing, screaming, and especially before signing anything or saying anything to collection agencies. (Yikes). In the latter situation, the rule is, Say Nothing (but take detailed notes), until you talk to a professional. What you say to a debt collector CAN be held against you. Look for trustworthy sources of student debt information and even then, double and triple check on the accuracy of the advice given.

Remember what Winston Churchill said about trusting and verifying.

1) Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC): “The Student Borrower Protection Center is a nonprofit organization solely focused on alleviating the burden of student debt for millions of Americans. The SBPC engages in advocacy, policymaking, and litigation strategy to rein in industry abuses, protect borrowers’ rights, and advance economic opportunity for the next generation of students.”

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Did you know there was a Project on Predatory Student Lending? This one is at the Harvard Law School Legal Services Center.

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.

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Marketplace Money ran an interview with Ron Lieber, author of the recent NYT story on discharging student loan debt in bankruptcy:

1) Marketplace Money (9/7/12) podcast: Student loans and bankruptcy

2)  Ron Lieber’s (9/31/12) New York Times article:
Last Plea on School Loans: Proving a Hopeless Future

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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

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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
Or,
Search string: Public Service Loan Forgiveness program site:.edu

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