Paging Elizabeth Warren: Student Loan Providers Are Likely Screwing You Over

Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, whose support was key to a Washington deal. “That means real savings for borrowers.” It doesn’t apply to loans that students get from private lenders. It only affects Stafford loans, which are made by the U.S. government to help finance a college education. Students can apply through their university financial aid office.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/24/news/economy/senate-student-loans/index.html

The data would include a ranking system based on private loan interest rates, loan terms and consumer protections. A recent study ranks Wisconsin No. 10 in the nation for number of college students with debt, with 67% of graduates from four-year schools having loans to repay. College tuition costs have doubled over the last 12 years and Wisconsin’s student loan borrowers have an average debt of $22,400, and monthly student loan payments of $338 over 18.7 years for those repaying money borrowed to earn a bachelor’s degree, according to the lawmakers. Student loan debt is the only type of household debt that continued to rise through the Great Recession. The U.S.
Source: http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/bill-sponsored-by-wisconsin-democrats-would-ease-student-loan-debt-b99125859z1-228938911.html

How to pay off student loans: Learn to sell unwanted junk on eBay

You won’t be able to do that if his credit score is in the basement. Even if you try to buy a house completely on your own, the bad news is that because you co-signed on the student loan, it has negatively affected your credit. You can’t let it go to settlement without hurting both of your credit scores. In fact, since it has already gone into collection, it has no doubt lowered your scores. When you co-sign on a loan, it’s yours as redirected well as his.
Source: http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/cosigner-on-delinquent-student-loan-1294.php

The problem of burdensome student loan debt isn’t going to be cured all at once, or by making a handful of specific changes. But putting the issue in the spotlight encourages discussion, and hopefully solutions. For an entire generation of would-be homeowners, improvements can’t come soon enough. The path to riches Dividend stocks can make you rich. It’s as simple as that. While they don’t garner the notability of high-flying growth stocks, they’re also less likely to crash and burn.
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/10/27/its-official-student-loan-debt-is-hurting-the-econ.aspx

When borrowers who cannot afford the minimum payment submit partial payments, servicers also shuffle the money around to create as many late fees as possible across multiple loans, which also negatively impacts the borrowers credit score. This leads to higher costs for the borrower and bigger profits for the servicer. Borrowers have complained of being charged late fees even when they made their monthly student loan payment on time. They find that online payments take up to 10 days to clear their banks and post to their student loan accounts, triggering late fees. Borrowers often cannot find their payment history online to double-check their student loan accounts.
Source: http://www.salon.com/2013/10/23/paging_elizabeth_warren_student_loan_providers_are_likely_screwing_you_over/

Many twenty-somethings are tackling their student loans by learning to sell unwanted junk on eBay. Profitable junk is abundant, easy to find, and becoming more plentiful as Baby Boomers are starting to downsize their homes with a lifetime of accumulated possessions,and those possessions are ending up in thrift stores all over the country. Getting a college education isn’t cheap which is why so many students have borrowed to pay for their education. It can take two decades to pay off a student loan, especially if using the extended payment plan. Many young people have found themselves in a world of trouble and debt now that they have graduated and their first real job may not be paying the bills.
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/how-to-pay-off-student-loans-learn-to-sell-unwanted-junk-on-ebay

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