Paying Off Student Loans But Sallie Mae Reports Late

Of 1.27 billion borrowers from such colleges who began repaying their loans in fiscal 2010, 21.8% defaulted within three years. In contrast, 8.2% of students from private nonprofit schools defaulted, and 13% of borrowers from public schools defaulted in the same time frame. While that data could lead to an analysis of higher education and how prepared students are to handle debt, its important to note that the overall default rate has climbed in the past decade. For loans entering repayment in 2005, 4.6% defaulted within two years, and the rate has only gone up since. The lowest two-year default rate since 1987 was 4.5% of loans in fiscal 2003, as reported recently by the Department of Education.

Government Switches Student Loan Servicers: What You Need to Know

Bankruptcy Codes repayment rules. When they dont get full payments on student loans, lenders can add interest, late fees and other penalties to the bill. 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, an education-finance information provider.

“Whether or not their loans are transferred, people should periodically check that their loan servicers’ records reflect what they expect.” Many services, like automatic payments and correspondence preferences, will not carry over to the new servicer. Loan status, such as forbearance and deferment , should not be interrupted by the transfer. “Pay a little closer attention,” Jarvis said. “Double check there isn’t any opportunity for error.” Borrowers can access their financial aid summary through , and the loan details will list the servicer. Minsky recommended directly contacting the servicer with loan transfer questions.

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Student loan debit cards draw complaints, lawsuits [The Orange County Register]

He said the ATM had to be locked during certain hours because it was a free-standing kiosk, not bolted to the wall, that could be easily damaged without proper security. He said the school hired the company to supply debit cards because officials found that many students did not have bank accounts. Those students waited for their checks to be mailed, he said, and then paid high fees at check-cashing stores. This is not the first time that financial companies have been criticized for targeting college students for new business. After the recession, Congress passed a law to stop banks from aggressively promoting credit cards to students. The law was spurred by concerns that students were leaving college burdened not just with school loans, but also credit card debt.

Obama administration to begin new student loan outreach

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.


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