Posts Tagged: ‘student loan debt’

Top Debt Mistakes to Avoid

August 18, 2017 Posted by kingcade

From credit cards to car loans, there are many ways to get in over your head with debt.  Here are some common debt mistakes to avoid.

  1. Credit card debt. Avoid this at all costs- if you can.  Most of these cards come with high interest rates, so any remaining debt at the end of the month increases daily.  Make sure you are only using credit cards on items you can (and will) pay off each month.
  2. Amassing bad debt. Borrowing money should be something you do as an investment in your future.  Student loan debt and a mortgage loan are examples.  In contrast, “bad debt” is money you borrow for purchases that decrease in value.
  3. Paying late. Constant late payments or missing payments can cost you penalties and lower your credit score. If you struggle to remember your payments, take advantage of automatic payments.
  4. Paying only the minimum. Making minimum payments on your credit card is tempting, but it will ultimately cost you more money due to the loan debt interest rate.
  5. Not budgeting. The only way to get out of debt is to stop living beyond your means, and the only way to stop living beyond your means is to stick to a strict budget.
  6. Ignoring your lender.  Lenders want their money, and they want you to be able to pay it- even if that means settling for less. Do not ignore their calls.  If you cannot afford to pay, tell them.  Never promise to pay or give your bank account information if you cannot afford to pay.  Chances are, a simple conversation will lead to a solution, whether that is a lower interest rate or a simple payment plan.

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If you have any questions on this topic or are in a financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of 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 Costs of Deferring Your Student Loans

August 17, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Many Americans are struggling to pay back their student loans.  According to a recent study, 30 percent of direct loans are in deferment.  When a borrower defers a student loan, temporarily suspending repayment due to unemployment or other financial hardship- the interest on the loan continues to accrue.  If no payments are made during the deferment period, the interest will capitalize and be added to the total amount of the loan.

Interest rates are expected to rise in 2018.  Undergrads will pay 4.45 percent on loans distributed from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, which is up from 3.76 last year. There are limited time frames for how long a loan can be in deferment.  Deferring your student loans can also eliminate your eligibility for certain public forgiveness programs.

Deferring your student loans can be costly.  Here are some alternatives:

  • Utilize income-driven repayment plans offered by your lender;
  • Refinance your student loans;
  • See if your employer offers loan assistance to employees;
  • Forbearance, which suspends student loan payments is typically at the loan holder’s discretion. These specific qualifications are detailed on the government’s Federal Student Aid

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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.

Student Loan Mistakes to Avoid in your 20’s

August 8, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Student loan debt can feel like a dark cloud hanging over your future- particularly if you just graduated college and may not have landed your “dream job,” yet.  Here are some mistakes to avoid early on when paying back your student loan debt.

  1. You wait until the end of the grace period to begin making payments. Upon graduation, your lender will likely give you a grace period of six months to start paying back your debt. Nice of them, right? Wrong.  On the contrary this is a trap.  Most student loan debt begins accruing interest immediately upon graduation.
  2. You ignore the auto pay option. Automatic payments will deduct the amount directly from your checking account, ensuring you do not incur late fees or penalties.  Most loan providers will also give you a 0.25 percentage discount if you do this.
  3. You fail to plan. It is important to strategize- particularly if you have multiple student loans with different lenders and different interest rates. The way you pay these off can make a big difference in how much interest you will pay in the long run.
  4. You do not consolidate your federal loans and refinance private loans.  If monthly payments are too much for you, look into whether you qualify for an income-based repayment plan.  Consider consolidating federal loans into a federal direct consolidation loan and refinancing your private loans.
  5. You do not make your student loan debt a priority. Financial experts advise to first prioritize your company’s 401(k) match program. Second, work to establish an emergency fund that will cover your living expenses for at least three months.  Repaying your student loan debt should be at the top of this list.

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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.

 

Student loan debt has grown 250% in the last 10 years

July 31, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Student loan debt has skyrocketed, as much as 250 percent across the U.S., according to a new report.  This puts total student loan debt at $1.4 trillion.  Between 2004 and 2014, the U.S. saw an almost 90 percent increase in the number of student loan borrowers, and a nearly 80 percent increase in average balance size.  The average amount of debt per borrower is now $26,700.  Value Penguin, the consumer spending site that published the report ranked the states where the average amount of student debt is the highest.

  1. New Hampshire

Number of graduates with debt: 76 percent
Average debt: $36,101

  1. Pennsylvania

Number of graduates with debt: 71 percent
Average debt: $34,798

  1. Connecticut

Number of graduates with debt: 64 percent
Average debt: $34,773

  1. Delaware

Number of graduates with debt: 65 percent
Average debt: $33,849

  1. Rhode Island

Number of graduates with debt: 64 percent
Average debt: $32,920

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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.

New Changes Coming to Student Loans

July 28, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Student loan debt now stands at a staggering $1.34 trillion in the U.S.  If you are not struggling with student loan debt, you probably know someone who is.  Student debt has surpassed auto loans and credit card debt.  But some big changes could be coming as to how the government handles them.

For one, the Education Department may consolidate the number of federal lenders.  Currently, there are nine.  This number could be reduced to just one. In the president’s submitted budget plan, the federal loan program would move from the Education Department to the Treasury Department.

Studies show students in 2016 graduated with an average of more than $37,000 in student loan debt, compared to ten years ago when it was just over $20,000.

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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.