Posts Tagged: ‘Bankruptcy Protection for Student Loan Borrowers’

New Jersey Student Loan Agency Instructs Staff Not to Tell Borrowers About Help Unless They Ask

August 2, 2016 Posted by kingcade

New Jersey has the largest state-based student loan program in the country. However, the terms of the loans offered through the program are particularly harsh and can lead to financial hardship.

Recently, internal emails from the staff at Higher Education Student Assistance Authority were released where employees were instructed not to tell families that they may qualify for loan forgiveness unless they ask.

The email sent to staff members in May 2016 from a supervisor said, “Families of deceased borrowers (or surviving cosigners) must inquire if HESAA has a policy on loan forgiveness. We should not be volunteering this information.”

The agency’s chief of staff, Marcia Karrow, released a statement that said the emails “do not accurately reflect the Authority’s policy or practice on loan forgiveness.” However, Karrow did not provide any proof that management had corrected the instructions that were sent out by email.

According to HESAA, they have helped 35 out of 50 cosigners or co-borrowers who have requested assistance after a borrower died or became disabled over the past four years.

The same company released a statement directly following Superstorm Sandy in 2012 stating that borrowers’ credit ratings would not be affected if they made a late payment. Instead, the agency only erased late payment reports if a borrower requested it.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Obama Administration Unveils NEW Student Loan Forgiveness Program

June 17, 2016 Posted by kingcade

This week, the Obama administration announced new guidelines for the forgiveness of certain student loans.  The program would forgive student loan debt for those borrowers who were the victims of scams perpetrated by for-profit colleges that used fraudulent or illegal practices to convince students to enroll.  While there are already federal laws in place for this, these new guidelines would make it easier to apply for this type of forgiveness.

If finalized, the new program would go into effect in July 2017. Under the new plan, borrowers would be able to ask for debt forgiveness if they can prove one of the following:

  • The school had a court judgement against it;
  • The school breached their contract with the student;
  • The school made a “substantial misrepresentation” about their offerings, graduate job prospects or the debt the student would accrue.

Under the new proposal, students would be able to request debt forgiveness up to six years following their discovery of the school’s wrongdoing, an increase from the current two-year limit.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Local Doral Company Sued for Running a Massive Student Loan Debt Scam

June 2, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi are suing the Doral-based, Student Aid Center, for illegal business practices in the hopes of recouping some of consumers’ lost money.

The Student Aid Center, which claimed to help graduates relieve themselves of student loan debt, is now facing serious legal trouble of its own. The two owners filed for bankruptcy in February, stating the company had liabilities between $1 million and $10 million.

In addition to the FTC and the State of Florida complaint, Minnesota and the District of Columbia have filed lawsuits accusing Student Aid Center of “deceptive practices.” The Minnesota lawsuit alleges one of the owner’s Instagram account frequently referenced Jordan Belfort, the money-grubbing stockbroker depicted in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Wolf of Wall Street.) The account has since been taken down.

The owners were savvy marketers, running advertisements on social media, radio spots, Google ads promoting the tagline, “Obama Loan Forgiveness,” and even in one case, an aerial banner flying over South Beach.

The complaint brought by the FTC and the State of Florida says Student Aid Center “preyed on consumers’ anxiety about student loan debt” by falsely promising to reduce or even eliminate it.

The company demanded upfront fees in five monthly installments of $199 or more, according to the complaint- even though graduates can apply for government loan forgiveness programs free of charge. Student Aid Center went as far to tell its customers to stop paying their lenders and instead pay the company directly, the lawsuit alleges.

But although the company lured in customers by promising a 100 percent money-back guarantee, Student Aid Center later deflected those who demanded refunds by either not returning the money or returning an amount much less than what had been paid, according to the FTC.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

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Obama Plans to Forgive $7.7 Billion in Student Loan Debt for the Permanently Disabled

April 14, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The Obama administration plans to forgive $7.7 billion in federal student loan debt for nearly 400,000 permanently disabled Americans.  The law states that anyone with a severe disability is eligible to have their federal student loan debt discharged.

Four years ago, the administration took steps to make the process easier by allowing people who are totally and permanently disabled use their Social Security designation to apply for a discharge, but few took advantage of the opportunity. The Department of Education is now taking it upon itself to identify eligible borrowers and guide them through the process to discharge their student loan debt.

Working with the Social Security Administration, the department has been able to identify 387,000 matches in its first review.  Approximately 179,000 of those people are currently in default on their loans, putting them at risk of losing their tax refunds and having their Social Security benefits garnished.

Those Americans with disabilities have the right to student loan debt relief. This week’s announcement further extends President Obama’s Student Aid Bill of Rights, which directs federal agencies to overhaul the way Americans repay student loan debt.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com

The Truth about Millennials and Student Loan Debt

April 8, 2016 Posted by kingcade

According to a survey from Citizens Bank, 47 percent of millennials (those in the 18-35 age group), who are college graduates, would be willing to limit their online food delivery in return for reducing their student loans.  Concerts, vacations, sporting events and lattes were also priorities.

Limiting any of these luxuries got a “no thanks” from the majority of millennials who were asked if they would consider cutting back to lower their student loan payments.  More than half (57 percent) said they regret taking out as many student loans as they did, and about a third of them said they would not have even gone to college if they knew who much it was going to cost them in the end.

Part of the problem has to deal with numbers and denial. The same survey found that nearly half of millennials (45 percent) with student loans do not even know how much of their annual salary they spend on student loan debt. It is 18 percent on average.  On the upside, the vast majority of millennials at least know what they owe- more than $40,000 for most.

Here are some suggestions for getting that number down:

  • Know what you owe.
  • Millennials who have graduated and have jobs often qualify for better rates than when they had little to no income at the start of school.
  • Get help at work. A number of companies, including Fidelity and PwC, are offering employees help with paying down their student loan debt.
  • Seek forgiveness. Certain professions, such as public service jobs, offer student loan forgiveness. Others include public defenders, law enforcement officers, doctors, nurses and some teachers.  For example, teachers who work in low-income school districts and teach certain subjects may qualify for complete cancellation of their student loans.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.