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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: I brushed my student loans under the rug when I graduated from coll…

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: I brushed my student loans under the rug when I graduated from college, and I’ll never be that naive again.

Personal finance Q&A: How a cash-out refi can affect college financial aid

Dear Liz: We have two children in college, both entering their junior years. We have two more in high school. The two currently in college need additional financial assistance, as they've tapped out their federal student loans.

Student Loans 2016

This week millions of people returned to the classroom at college campuses right across the country. There are no less than 43.3 million Americans, including 25.9 million below the age of 40, holding at least some amount of student loan debt. Show More Summary

How I Increased My Student Loan Payment Over $500 on a Humble Salary

I'm ashamed to say the first $3,700 of my student loan took nearly three years to pay off. And not because I lacked funds. It just wasn't a priority. I graduated in 2011 and made the minimum monthly payment until the last few months of 2013. Show More Summary

4 Times Student Loan Refinancing Can Save You Big

There's nothing cheap about going to college. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014–2015 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public schools....

Five Tips For Smart Student Loan Borrowing

Taking on student loan debt isn't a bad thing by itself, but students need to be smart about the choices they make to avoid financial despair.

WSJ Editorial Blames Progressives For Student Debt, Claims Government Loans Send "Deadbeats" To College

A Wall Street Journal editorial on student debt takes aim at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's New College Compact college affordability plan, arguing that Democrats have "encouraged student debt" in order to win over young voters with debt relief proposals. Show More Summary

How Can I Make ACS Verify My Student Loan Balance?

Question: Dear Steve, Apparently I have a consolidation loan through ACS for double the original amount. I have another consolidation through AES and that amount is consistent (a bit more because of some forbearances). Original amount about 26K, amount they are claiming is over 45K. Show More Summary

Is College Even Still Worth It?

This is the second in a series of four stories. Read the related articles: How The College Pricing And Student Loan Systems Hurt Students, How To Save For Your Child's College Education: 6 Common Questions and 3 Education Experts On Ways To Improve College Pricing And Payment Total student loan debt and the average per-student debt [...]

How The College Pricing And Student Loan Systems Hurt Students

The opaque tuition pricing system and a student loan industry that faces no consequences because such loans cannot be discharged in bankruptcy make it difficult for students and families seeking a good return on investment.

3 Education Experts On Ways To Improve College Pricing And Payment

From restoring student loan bankruptcy to requiring financial aid letters to state the full cost of attendance, an education journalist, an economist and an advocate offer their college pricing and payment solutions.

Sell Your Junk And Get Rid Of Your Debt in 15 Easy Steps

When I was focused  on eliminating my graduate school student loans of $40,000, I entered into hustle mode. Hustle mode is when you focus on finding ways to increase your income through sales and entrepreneurship instead of through decreasing your expenditure, getting a second job, or hard-core savings. Don’t get me wrong; both strategies (increasing Keep Reading ?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rising UNC Student Loan Default Rates Indicate Fundamental Problems…

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rising UNC Student Loan Default Rates Indicate Fundamental Problems.

Stop Sweating the Small Stuff: 5 Things That Won't Matter Down the Road

5 things that won't be a big deal later on - Real Simple Reasons early retirement might be financially risky - Wise Bread I defaulted on my student loans. Here's my story - LearnVest 4 ways to buy a new laptop for less - All You TheShow More Summary

Ask the Readers: What Was Your Biggest Expense This Month?

Our biggest expenses each month will differ from family to family, and maybe from month to month. It might be a regular payment like mortgage or student loans, or it could be a one-off purchase like new appliances or airfare for vacation. What was your biggest expense this month? Was it a regular...

Sallie Mae Spinoff Navient Could Face CFPB Lawsuit Over Student Loans

In the short time since Navient – the nation’s largest student loan servicing company – spun off from the nation’s largest student loan originator Sallie Mae, the company has come under scrutiny for it allegedly unfair practices of overcharging and imposing excessive fees on consumers’ loans. While those practices resulted in a $97 million settlement with the Depts. of … [More]

Student Loans Causing Economic Stress Says Report

Recent reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York produced findings that tell many Americans what they already know. Young Americans are struggling to keep up with their student loans. The report suggested that the number of student...Show More Summary

CFPB Considers Suing Student Loan Giant Navient For Cheating Borrowers

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Federal regulators are considering suing Navient Corp., the nation's largest student loan company, for allegedly cheating borrowers, the company said Monday. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been investigating the company for nearly two years, sent Navient a letter on Aug. Show More Summary

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Millions A Year Behind On Student Loans. Nearly 7 million Americ…

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Millions A Year Behind On Student Loans. Nearly 7 million Americans have gone at least a year without making a payment on their federal student loans, a high level of default that suggests a widening swath of households are unable or unwilling to pay back their school debt. As of July, […]

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Who Could Have Seen This Coming? “The Education Department has gro…

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Who Could Have Seen This Coming? “The Education Department has grown into one of the biggest money lenders in the country, overseeing a $1.2 trillion portfolio of student debt rivaling the entire loan business of JPMorgan Chase with a staff roughly the size of the National Weather Service. But instead of […]

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