How I Beat Sallie Mae in Court … 4 Times

Students

How I Beat Sallie Mae in Court … 4 Times

How I Beat Sallie Mae in Court … 4 Times

One of the worst things that can happen to a new graduate is to leave school with no job and tens of thousands of dollars in private student loan debt. Stefanie Gray knows this from firsthand experience, which she recounted in a blistering column for The Guardian. The subject of her ire? Sallie Mae. In… Read More

Can You Actually Haggle on Holiday Gifts?

Personal Finance

Can You Actually Haggle on Holiday Gifts?

Can You Actually Haggle on Holiday Gifts?

With all the spending people do during the holidays, it’s a huge priority for some people to save as much money as humanly possible. That’s part of the reason behind the popular Black Friday and Cyber Monday events, not to mention the slew of early bird sales and relentless ads consumers encounter this time of… Read More

How Much Will Your Holiday Debt Really Cost You?

Managing Debt

How Much Will Your Holiday Debt Really Cost You?

How Much Will Your Holiday Debt Really Cost You?

Last year, the average holiday shopper spent $407 between Thanksgiving Day and Sunday, according to the National Retail Federation, but that’s sometimes just the beginning of end-of-year spending sprees. Let’s start with a simple scenario of how much this could really cost: You only spent that $407 and finished your holiday shopping during the Thanksgiving weekend, and… Read More

20 Private Colleges With the Highest Student Loan Debt

Students

20 Private Colleges With the Highest Student Loan Debt

20 Private Colleges With the Highest Student Loan Debt

Tuition at private colleges is often much more expensive than at public institutions, and debt levels among private- and public-school graduates have a similar gap: Of the 20 private and 20 public schools that produce graduates with high debt loads, the average debt loads differ by more than $8,000, according to a report from the… Read More

103-Year-Old Texas Woman Fights to Keep Her House

Mortgages

103-Year-Old Texas Woman Fights to Keep Her House

103-Year-Old Texas Woman Fights to Keep Her House

A 103-year-old Texas woman is fighting to keep her home after she let her insurance lapse, a CBS affiliate in the Dallas/Fort Worth area reports. Myrtle Lewis told CBS she accidentally let her insurance expire and renewed it after noticing the mistake, but the gap in coverage apparently violated the loan agreement for her reverse… Read More

Fraudster Must Repay $564K of Student Loans

Students

Fraudster Must Repay $564K of Student Loans

Fraudster Must Repay $564K of Student Loans

A 32-year-old Texas woman was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in federal prison for taking out more than $564,000 in fraudulent student loans, the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Texas announced in a news release Nov. 18. Mindy Ritch, of Flint, was arrested May 31, 2013, on charges of student financial aid… Read More

3 Things to Do Before Tackling Your Student Loan Debt

Students

3 Things to Do Before Tackling Your Student Loan Debt

3 Things to Do Before Tackling Your Student Loan Debt

For some federal student loan borrowers who graduated in May, the time has come: It’s the end of your loan repayment grace period. If you’re about to start shelling out monthly loan payments, just started or are hoping to aggressively tackle your debt, there are a lot of things to do before you start transferring… Read More

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