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The Problem with Senator Warren’s Student Loan Bill

Senator Warren’s bill failed to gain enough support to move on from the Senate. Now that it's dead, let me tell you why I’m glad for that. This bill is a bad idea. It does little to help already struggling borrowers, and hurts more than most folks realize. Further, with President Obama’s recent . . .
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Obama’s Executive Action Falls Woefully Short

On June 9, 2014, President Obama took action to make college more affordable. Can we call this what it really it is? It’s an act to make student loans more affordable.   This act in no way makes college any more affordable than it already isn’t. What the President did was expand a program he . . .
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Student Loan Debt Crisis Symposium Review

This past Friday I attended the ABI's (American Bankruptcy Institute) Student Loan Debt Crisis Symposium.  It was...um...interesting.  I say that because I came in with a unique perspective, being in the trenches and all.  For me, it was more review and less of an informative or "problem solving" . . .
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Student Loans and Military Personal

Yesterday was Memorial Day, so it is only proper that I discuss protections from student loans for those who serve our country. SCRA The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act has many provisions that apply to many other debts besides student loans.  The important one here is the interest rate cap.  All . . .
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Dear ED: Clarify Undue Hardship

On May 16, 2014, seven Congressmen/women sent a letter to Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, asking for clarification of "Undue Hardship" to allow Federal student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy.  The signers of the letter were Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Elizabeth . . .
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FDIC v Sallie Mae

On May 13, 2014, two consent orders were issued:  FDIC v Sallie Mae Bank and FDIC v Navient Solutions Inc. (formerly known as Sallie Mae, Inc.).  These are the results of the FDIC's investigation into Sallie Mae's alleged violations of the Servicemenbers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Electronic Fund . . .
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Beware the Nightmare of Federal Joint Consolidation Loans

Divorce is messy, but it's even worse if you've got a joint federal student loan consolidation. The Federal Joint Consolidation Loan was offered from the late '90s to the mid 2000's, and allowed married couples to consolidate their Federal student loans. It seemed like a good idea to someone . . .
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“Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act” in Plain English

Yesterday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation aimed to help level the playing field for student loan borrowers.  The main goal is to lower interest rates on ALL student loans (Fed and Private) to a fixed amount for the duration of the loan term.  The theory being that if interest . . .
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What Happens to your Student Loans when you file Bankruptcy

If you've read anything on the internet about student loans, you know bankruptcy probably can't help you. Discharging student loan debt through bankruptcy is not impossible, but it is difficult, for two reasons: 1) The test is draconian with no objective standard, and 2) It is often cost . . .
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How Bankruptcy May Cause More Student Loan Problems

Beware the trip wire of default when filing for bankruptcy. When you file for bankruptcy, all collection activities must stop against you. For Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, that protection from collections extends to co-signers and guarantors on your loans. This important consumer protection, . . .
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