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The Dangers of Co-Signing a Student Loan

May 3, 2018 Posted by kingcade

It has become common practice for parents of high school students looking to enter college in the fall to co-sign or take out private loans to help their children afford the costs associated with a higher education. Many times, the scholarships (if available to the student) have already been maximized, and the financial aid offered through federal loans simply is not enough to cover the complete costs of college.  However, according to a recent study taking on a private loan or co-signing on one to help a child go to college can seriously hurt the parent later when it comes to retirement.

Most private student loans require a co-signer since most high school students do not graduate with well-established credit. Parents will often jump to co-sign, not even thinking of the potential consequences.

“It’s portrayed to them as if they’re going to simply be a reference or endorser, when the truth is they‘ll be obligated to pay this loan if something happens and the primary borrower can’t pay,” said Seth Frotman, Student Loan Ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). “We now see more and more cosigners going into retirement facing unprecedented levels of student debt.”

According to a survey released by the website LendEDU, a site that specializes in student loan refinancing and private student loan borrowing, of the 500 parents who co-signed on their children’s loans, one-third of them did not fully understand the consequences of co-signing. Out of that number, 35 percent of them later said they regretted doing it. More than half of them said their credit scores took a hit after co-signing. More than one-third of them said that the lower credit scores later hurt their chances of qualifying for any financing in the future.

The parent’s credit can be negatively affected if the child later misses payments or fails to pay the loan on time. The survey also showed that more than one-third of the parents picked up the loan payments for their children.

However, what happens if the parent is unaware their child is keeping up on the loan payments? Many cosigners are not informed of the status of their co-signed loans until it is too late- many times to the point where interest had accumulated and fees had been assessed.  The survey also showed that more than half of the parents worried that their child’s student loan debt would jeopardize their retirement plans.

Every student is different, and while some may naturally be responsible, get a job straight out of college and make payments on the loans without any issue, many students fail to understand the responsibility of paying back these loans and are not so fortunate with their job prospects upon graduation.

One option available is a Tuition Installment Plan (TIP). Through a TIP program, the college may divide tuition into equal monthly payments with no interest added. If the parent or child can afford it, this avoids making one lump sum payment and avoids taking out the additional private loan to cover costs. However, look into whether the student’s specific college offers this option.

We have written previous blog postings on the dangers of co-signing a loan – which puts more than your name on the line.  If you have any questions on this topic, feel free to contact our firm.

There are ways to file for bankruptcy with student loan debt.  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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources: https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/cosigning-loan-your-credit-score-will-drop-you-ll-retire-n739366

 

Thousands of Student Loan Debts Could Be Wiped Out Due to Missing Paperwork

July 25, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Tens of thousands of borrowers will likely see their private student loan debt erased due to a technicality- missing paperwork and incomplete ownership records.  One of the largest owners of private student loans in the U.S., The National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts is at the center of a legal dispute involving at least $5 billion in student loans, the New York Times reports.

Judges have dismissed dozens of lawsuits filed by the lender against student borrowers due to the lack of documentation proving the loans are even owed.  The National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, which includes 15 trusts that hold 800,000 private student loans, has brought tens of thousands of lawsuits in the past five years against borrowers who have fallen behind on their payments.  The trusts hold loans totaling $12 billion and more than $5 billion of those loans are in default.  The mix up occurred when the loans, which were originally made by banks, were sold to lenders and the ownership records were lost in the process.

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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.

SEC Settles Fraud Charges against ITT Technical Institute

July 6, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The fraud case has been settled against ITT Technical Institute, but the Securities Exchange Commission continues to pursue top executives from the college for deceiving investors about the high rates of late payments and the number of defaults on student loans backed by the company.

ITT executives assured investors in conference calls that the programs were performing well when in fact the company was making secret payments on the delinquent accounts to delay defaults, according to the complaint.

ITT Technical Institute ended its operations in September, shutting down 137 campuses after the U.S. Department of Education cut off access to federal loans and grants and threatened to pull the school’s accreditation amid mounting lawsuits and investigations.  The company filed for bankruptcy protection, leaving 35,000 students with worthless degrees and many with high interest student loan debt.

The student loan programs are what is at the heart of the SEC lawsuit.  ITT created two in-house student loan programs.  To get investors to finance the programs, the company offered a guarantee to limit the risk of students not repaying the debt.  According to the complaint, if a certain percentage of loans defaulted, the company agreed to cover the principal, interest and fees.

The SEC said investors did not have accurate information about the performance of the debt because ITT kept the loan programs off its balance sheets.  Regulators said executives failed to tell investors that the company was facing $30 million in guarantee obligation payments at the end of 2012 and used accounting tricks to cover up the numbers.

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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.

Banks Revise Student Loan Contracts to Help Borrowers Avoid Automatic Default

November 2, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Private lenders are revising student loan contracts to ensure borrowers are not placed in default when the co-signer of their loan dies or declares bankruptcy. In a letter obtained by The Washington Post, Consumer Bankers Association President Richard Hunt informed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) director Richard Cordray that the 10 member banks who offer student loans, including Wells Fargo, PNC Bank, Discover and Sallie Mae, have changed their policy on these type auto defaults.

The banks will no longer trigger a default when a co-signer dies, while most will do the same in the event of a bankruptcy. The same policy will apply with existing loans.

Earlier this year, the CFPB warned bankers that they were at risk of breaking the law by automatically placing people who were current on their loans in default. The practice occurs in the private student loan market, where banks and other financial firms provide education financing with loan contracts that give them the right to trigger a default, even if the loan is being paid on time. Auto defaults leave borrowers with no choice but to repay the entire balance of the loan or ruin their credit, making it difficult to purchase a home or car.

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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.

CFPB Stops Illegal Practices by Student Loan Servicers & U.S. Dept. of Education Debt Collectors

August 24, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action against debt collectors and servicers who took advantage of student loan borrowers by making illegal garnishment threats and using illegal auto default provisions in loan contracts.

The violations include:

1. CFPB examiners found that one or more debt collectors threatened wage garnishment against federal student loan borrowers who were not eligible for garnishment. The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) documented abuses by private collection agencies that the U.S. Dept. of Education hires to collect federal student loans in its 2014 report.

2. CFPB examiners found that one or more servicers of private student loans were unfairly invoking “auto-default” clauses to treat both the borrower and the co-signer in default if either of them died or filed bankruptcy. Auto-default clauses allow the servicer to demand payment of the entire loan balance even if all payments on the loan are up to date.

The Department of Education terminated the contracts of five private collection agencies after finding abuses in February 2015, but more needs to be done through enhanced monitoring and guidance for all private collection agencies to ensure they are consistently providing borrowers with accurate information regarding their loans.

Too many student loan borrowers have already been harmed by this abusive practice, which penalizes student borrowers who are current on their payments, simply because the co-signer has died or filed bankruptcy.

NACBA President Ed Boltz said: “This positive step by CFPB puts an end to an outrageous guilty-until-proven-innocent situation where individuals faithfully paying off student loans are thrown into default because of the status of their co-signer. The fact that a co-signer on a student loan has filed for bankruptcy to deal with other debts is in no way a basis for putting into default a student loan that is being paid on time. It is time that the federal government stands up for student loan borrowers who are doing everything right but nonetheless could see their credit ruined as the result of an unrelated action of a co-signer.”

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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.