Why Private Student Loans Could Be a Better Deal Than Federal Loans

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Why Private Student Loans Could Be a Better Deal Than Federal Loans

Why Private Student Loans Could Be a Better Deal Than Federal Loans

There’s a consensus in the student loan world that students and their families should consider taking out federal loans before applying for private ones, and there are sound reasons behind that logic: Many federal student loans have benefits like a repayment grace period, the option of applying for income-based repayment and loan-forgiveness programs. Federal loans… Read More

Do You Need Student Loan Insurance?

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Do You Need Student Loan Insurance?

Do You Need Student Loan Insurance?

Imagine you’ve worked hard for years to get an undergraduate degree, and then worked your way through medical school, law school or another professional degree. But just as you start to launch your career, you’re sideswiped by an accident or serious illness that leaves you disabled and unable to work. Not only do you need… Read More

The Surprising Reasons You Could Lose Out on Student Loans

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The Surprising Reasons You Could Lose Out on Student Loans

The Surprising Reasons You Could Lose Out on Student Loans

Here’s something you won’t hear often — or ever: “Student loans are a privilege.” (I Googled it: Six results.) Considering loans make it possible for millions of people to get a college education, they’re something to be thankful for. Yes, college can be ridiculously expensive, loans often don’t cover all the costs and unaffordable debt is a… Read More

Sen. Rubio Proposes New Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

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Sen. Rubio Proposes New Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

Sen. Rubio Proposes New Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

There’s a new bill in the Senate aimed at making student loan payments more affordable. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) introduced the Dynamic Student Loan Repayment Act on July 16, which proposes an automatic income-based adjustment to monthly payments for loans exceeding $10,000. The effort follows last month’s unsuccessful attempt by… Read More

How My Student Loans Ballooned From $8K to $36K

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How My Student Loans Ballooned From $8K to $36K

How My Student Loans Ballooned From $8K to $36K

Confusion over student loan payments left an Arizona woman owing nearly five times the amount she took out to finance her education, though she insists she repaid the balances years ago, KTVK-3TV reports. Michelle Hudman took out three loans totaling $8,400 in the 1980s. As she explained to a local reporter, Hudman repaid one loan… Read More

President Obama to Students: Be Smart, Not Cynical

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President Obama to Students: Be Smart, Not Cynical

President Obama to Students: Be Smart, Not Cynical

President Barack Obama joined David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, for a live chat about student debt Tuesday. One-third of Americans who applied for an educational loan this year also have a Tumblr account, said Karp, who fielded questions about educational costs submitted by Tumblr users. Here’s what POTUS had to say to today’s students. My… Read More

Is It Too Late to Get College Scholarships?

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Is It Too Late to Get College Scholarships?

Is It Too Late to Get College Scholarships?

There are three ways to pay for college: save money, borrow money or hope someone gives you money. At this point, people attending college in the fall are past the point of being able to save much for tuition, and going into debt isn’t an attractive alternative. It would be pretty sweet to have someone… Read More

What Was the First Student Loan?

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What Was the First Student Loan?

What Was the First Student Loan?

I don’t know about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook — it’s helpful but also really annoying, and even though it enables me to discover new things, it’s a major drain on my resources. I feel the same way about my student loans. Fun fact: Both started at Harvard University. I guess… Read More

Can You Get Out From Under a Co-Signed Loan?

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Can You Get Out From Under a Co-Signed Loan?

Can You Get Out From Under a Co-Signed Loan?

I recently answered a question about co-signing a lease (“Should I Co-Sign My College Freshman Son’s Lease?“). In that article, I said that co-signing a lease, or anything else, is typically a terrible idea. Perhaps it was that advice that prompted this recent question: Dear Stacy, I had to co-sign my daughter’s college loans. She… Read More

Scoring Sallie Mae: How Student Loan Servicers are Rated

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Scoring Sallie Mae: How Student Loan Servicers are Rated

Scoring Sallie Mae: How Student Loan Servicers are Rated

While customer service isn’t the first thing people associate with student loan servicers, it has a large role in determining how much business servicers get from the government. Each quarter, the Department of Education issues a performance report on Direct Loan servicers, and it released the final report of the 2012-2013 year in August. An… Read More

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