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Covid-19 Stimulus Package: Direct Loans

What is a Direct Loan? A Direct Loan means the money was borrowed Directly from the US Education Department (USED). No middleman. The loan will always be held by USED. When in good standing, a servicer helps USED collect by sending bills and offer affordable payment plans and/or forbearance and . . .
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Covid-19 Stimulus Package Help Based on Student Loan Type

The stimulus package has lots of facets, including student loan protections. The question you might be asking is, “How will it help me, the student loan borrower?” The real question should be DOES it help you, the student loan borrower. Because guess what, the stimulus does not help all student loan . . .
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COVID-19 Update Video

If you'd like to read some specifics discussed in this video, please check out the blog for those with loans in good standing or the blog regarding defaulted loans. . . .
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Covid-19 and Student Loans – Update

Today, March 25, 2020, the US Education Department (USED) rolled out protections for defaulted loans. It's quite simple. No more collection activity on defaulted loans held by USED. As I said in my previous post on this subject, loans held by USED are Direct Loans and some defaulted FFEL loans that . . .
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Married Doesn’t Mean Joining Finances all the Time.

Congratulations! You said, "I do!" Oh, the things that follow "I do". Sometimes it's "I don't", or "I won't". Hopefully, it's not "I shouldn't have". I'm talking purely student loans here. Recently I was quoted in a story by Nerd Wallet, titled "Should your student loans and your spouse’s get . . .
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Introduction to Income Repayment Plans

Quick overview of Federal Loan repayment plans based on income: IDR, IBR, ICR, PAYE, New IBR, and REPAYE. Plus, I sing! . . .
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Student Loans and Credit Reports

With all the recent press about credit reporting company Equifax's major data breach, now's a good time to discuss the intersection of student loans and credit reports. It's not uncommon to have questions about how student loans affect credit, so lets sort the myths from the facts. What Shows on a . . .
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PSLF Application and the Big Bug

It's here! Finally! The long awaited application for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). True to Dept. of Ed fashion, it has one big bug in it. The kind that you don't want to step on because you know it'll be messy. But first, lets discuss what PSLF is, and then we can look at the form. What . . .
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Post-Election Chopping Block

Regardless of your emotional response to the election results, the question on your mind now is, "Now what?". Will student loan programs be axed? Will some be saved? The door is wide open to possibilities, but lets start with what the new President can and can't do. There are issues that are within . . .
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The Lies They Tell In a Student Loan Relief Scam Business

Want to start a student loan relief business? According to a recent ad that will give you all the tools to do just that, you can learn the tricks that let you cut someone's private student loan payment by more than 50%. Clients who sign up for this program apparently also get a written guarantee . . .
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