5 Student Loan Terms Every Borrower Should Know

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5 Student Loan Terms Every Borrower Should Know

5 Student Loan Terms Every Borrower Should Know

If you have student loan debt, you’ve probably noticed that your loans have a language all their own – and the last thing you want to do is spend your free time learning it. The good news is that you don’t need to be fluent in loan lingo in order to navigate the world of education debt… Read More

Will Settling a Private Student Loan Wreck My Credit?

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Will Settling a Private Student Loan Wreck My Credit?

Will Settling a Private Student Loan Wreck My Credit?

A reader recently wrote in, concerned about whether an old unpaid student loan could be reported to the credit reporting agencies: I was recently contacted about an old school loan. It is either close or very close to the statue of limitation and has never showed up on my credit report. I thought maybe the… Read More

5 Tips for Tackling Your Student Loans as a Couple

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5 Tips for Tackling Your Student Loans as a Couple

5 Tips for Tackling Your Student Loans as a Couple

February may be a month for romance, but nothing kills the mood faster than a mountain of shared student loan debt. As more people graduate college with higher student loan balances than ever before, it’s rare to find a couple these days that isn’t dealing with debt. In my work at SoFi, a student loan refinancing… Read More

Are Student Loans Affecting Your Mental Health?

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Are Student Loans Affecting Your Mental Health?

Are Student Loans Affecting Your Mental Health?

It seems like most aspects of American society have gotten tangled up in student loan issues. Researchers have tied student loan debt to problems in the housing market and slow economic growth. The latest thing suffering from this glut of education debt is borrowers’ physical well-being, according to researchers from the University of South Carolina… Read More

Should Colleges Have an Easier Time Declaring Bankruptcy?

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Should Colleges Have an Easier Time Declaring Bankruptcy?

Should Colleges Have an Easier Time Declaring Bankruptcy?

A provocative op-ed appeared in The Hill the other day. In it, the author—a former counsel to the U.S. Department of Education—proposes lowering the barriers to bankruptcy for colleges and universities. Given that more than half of all higher-education institutions in the U.S. are experiencing varying degrees of financial distress, the notion of insolvency is… Read More

Does Obama’s Free Tuition Plan Earn a Passing Grade?

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Does Obama’s Free Tuition Plan Earn a Passing Grade?

Does Obama’s Free Tuition Plan Earn a Passing Grade?

The way we value higher education and go about financing its cost is all messed up. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average annual tuition at two- and four- year public institutions is roughly $9,000 and $17,000 respectively, and $24,000 and $34,000 at private colleges (not-for-profit and for-profit). No wonder total student… Read More

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