Obama Administration To Begin New Student Loan Outreach

Graduates can have up to 100 percent of a Perkins loan forgiven if they enter law enforcement, join the Peace Corps, are deployed with the military or become a science teacher, among other things. Consolidating a Perkins loan with another loan could eliminate that option. Perkins, Stafford and Grad Plus loans offer income-based repayment options. Parent Direct PLUS loans do not. Combining a Parent Direct PLUS loan with another type of loan can eliminate some of those flexible repayment options, says Loonin with the National Consumer Law Center.
Source: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2013/10/02/student-loans-what-to-consider-before-consolidating

The contracts also require the schools to promote the card to students, including official mailings. Jon Meyer, Steven’s brother, said he believed that he had been automatically assigned a Higher One account when he received his card from Long Beach City College two years ago. “In the first month,” he said, “I had over $100 in added fees.” Since the fees are often paid out of federal loan money, many students will be paying interest on the amounts for years. Higher One is part of an industry that has flourished as the government has increased federal student aid to help pay for the skyrocketing cost of college tuition. Last year, Higher One pulled in $198 million in revenue.
Source: http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-student-loan-debit-cards-draw-complaints-lawsuits-orange-/2013/10/07/7462528.htm

Student loan rates will feed federal profits

Dear Liz: I am almost finished with my associate degree at my local community college and will be starting my undergraduate degree in January. I have been lucky enough to accrue no college debt so far but know I will when I start my bachelor’s degree. I am considering taking out a home equity loan to cover this cost, borrowing around $10,000. I got a great deal on my house and it continues to grow in value even with this economy. Your thoughts on this?
Source: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-montalk-20131006,0,4379198.column

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 5 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Barack Obama Obama administration to begin new student loan outreach Jonathan Dame, USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent 3:43 p.m. EDT September 27, 2013 The Department of Education is launching a new initiative this fall to make struggling student borrowers aware of the various federal repayment and forgiveness programs available to them. President Barack Obama speaks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP) SHARE 34 CONNECT 66 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE Donya Nasser thought she had maxed out on federal student loans going into her freshman year of college.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/27/student-loan-outreach-obama/2884389/

No business like student loan business: Four companies in Aberdeen process, collect loans

The collectors at Progressive serve as counselors to help them develop a payback plan, he said. Progressive collects on Perkins Loans, offered by the U.S. Department of Education, Stafford Loans, which are government guaranteed, and other loans. Located in Aberdeen’s Industrial Park, Progressive plans to add 15 more employees by the end of this year and 25 employees in 2014, Perry said. Wells Fargo will open a student loan collection center in December. The office, which will employ 20 workers, will share space on the third floor with Wells Fargo Auto Finance in the Blackstone Development Building on South Main Street.
Source: http://www.courant.com/news/aan-no-business-like-student-loan-business-four-companies-in-aberdeen-process-collect-loans-20131006,0,2468090.story

Student loan vs. a home equity loan for college

This is a point of contention for Orman, who said “I couldn’t agree with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., more,” referring to Warren’s vote against the recent Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 . “Why are we charging our students interest on federal loans at all?” questioned Orman. “We are financing this bill on the backs of our future children and it’s a travesty,” she maintained. In this week’s episode of “The Suze Orman Show,” Orman gives callers and guests strategies to pay down their student loan debt. She also explains the nuances of the new interest rates that became effective in August.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101085130

How Bankruptcy Can Send Your Student Loans Soaring

Do the math, and its easy to see why interest alone can cause a student-loan balance to grow by thousands of dollars. Consider a graduate-degree holder who owes $55,000 on private and federal student loans and cant afford to pay any so-called nonpriority unsecured debt (which excludes some taxes but includes consumer debt such as credit-card debt and medical bills) during a Chapter 13 cases repayment period. (Payment percentage rates vary widely, but it isnt uncommon for a borrower to pay nothing.) If $45,000 of that borrowers debt is a federal loan with 6.8% interest, and the borrower didnt make any payments on those loans, the balance would grow to $60,300 after five years, said Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Edvisors.com, an education-finance information provider. The remaining $10,000 in private loans, with an interest rate of 10% and capitalization at the end of the bankruptcywhen accrued interest is added to the principalwould grow to $16,000, he said. That means that even without adding late penalties or collection fees, the borrowers student-loan balance would have grown to $76,300.
Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/bankruptcy/2013/10/01/how-bankruptcy-can-send-your-student-loans-soaring/

Suze Orman takes on the student loan crisis

The money that you will personally receive at the start of each term is your maintenance loan, which is usually a time for mass celebration. Myth 7: “Moving abroad will mean that I don’t have to pay back my loan” This is one of those rumours that seems to spread amongst freshers like wildfire. Whether it’s the thought of beating the system or just a good excuse to leave the country after graduating it, unfortunately, isn’t true. If you do plan on jetting off for warmer climes after graduating then you will need to inform the Student Loans Company and fill out an Overseas Income Assessment form. You can try to run away but to play on a certain quote from a popular film: they will look for you, they will find you and they will make you pay. Myth 8: “The http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net repayment terms will never change” You have signed a contract so none of the terms can possibly change, right?
Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/9-common-myths-about-your-student-loan-8794151.html

9 common myths about your student loan

The answer is no. That wasn’t the alternative that was presented to us.” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., had pushed a plan to freeze the rates at 3.4% for subsidized Stafford loans and allow more work to be done on loans and the federal government’s role. “At a minimum, the federal government shouldn’t be making a profit,” she said. “I, personally, think it’s appropriate for us (the government) to subsidize the cost.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/25/student-loan-rates-will-feed-fed-profits/2696241/

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