Could Student Loans Cost You Your Social Security Benefits?

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Could Student Loans Cost You Your Social Security Benefits?

Could Student Loans Cost You Your Social Security Benefits?

Much like unemployment isn’t going to get you out of repaying student loans, retirement isn’t going to, either. Social Security recipients – whether they’re retired or disabled – can have up to 15% of their checks taken for defaulted federal student loans, and it’s a common problem. Joshua Cohen, a consumer law attorney who bills himself as… Read More

Could Your Student Loans Be Making You Sick?

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Could Your Student Loans Be Making You Sick?

Could Your Student Loans Be Making You Sick?

College graduates are generally considered better off than those without degrees, but there’s a considerable gap in well-being between graduates without debt and graduates who borrowed more than $50,000 to finance their undergraduate education. Based on new research from Gallup, Purdue University and the Lumina Foundation, student loan debtors aren’t in great shape. How Debt… Read More

New Student Loan Models Attract Borrowers & Investors

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New Student Loan Models Attract Borrowers & Investors

New Student Loan Models Attract Borrowers & Investors

It was bound to happen. So-called alternative financing sources for student loans have been popping up all over the place. Some take a peer-to-peer (P2P) approach, where individuals with a few bucks to spare and hopes of a better-than-market return lend to others who are looking for a good deal on a loan. P2P companies… Read More

Should the Newest Student Loan Stats Scare You?

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Should the Newest Student Loan Stats Scare You?

Should the Newest Student Loan Stats Scare You?

Only 36% of the most common federal student loans are being repaid on time, according to recently released Department of Education data on the Direct Loan program. While 26% of the $685.7 billion in outstanding loans belong to borrowers still in school or in their grace periods — they’re not expected to be repaying anything… Read More

How to Budget When You’re Going Back to College

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How to Budget When You’re Going Back to College

How to Budget When You’re Going Back to College

When you first started college, you were probably in a different place financially than you are while considering returning to higher education. This means calculating expenses will likely be a bit different as well – and your budget will have to change accordingly. It’s important to consider costs, time, employment and personal goals when you are… Read More

How to Fact-Check Student Loan Advice

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How to Fact-Check Student Loan Advice

How to Fact-Check Student Loan Advice

When Johnnie was trying to figure out what to do about his student loans that were in collections, he got more than the run-around. He was almost misled into making what could have easily been a costly, bad decision. Johnnie was thinking of getting a personal loan to consolidate about $12,000 in federal student loan… Read More

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