Posts Tagged: ‘student loan debt forgiveness’

Student Loan Servicer Accused of Mismanaging Debt Forgiveness Program

August 29, 2017 Posted by kingcade

According to a lawsuit filed by the attorney general of Massachusetts, one of the country’s biggest servicers of federal student loans has mismanaged its debt forgiveness program, raising repayment costs for hundreds of thousands of borrowers who work in public service jobs.

The loan servicer, FedLoan, has made numerous errors, potentially keeping many students in debt far longer than they expected, according to Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general.

The company’s actions have jeopardized the financial futures of teachers and public servants nationwide. Consumer watchdogs and government officials have raised concern with the government’s public service loan forgiveness program, which promises qualifying workers — including teachers, librarians, police officers and doctors and nurses — forgiveness of their remaining federal student loans in return for a decade of full-time service.

Approximately 612,000 borrowers have signed up for the loan forgiveness program and submitted at least one approved certification, according to data from the Education Department.  However, many of the borrowers are concerned about how many of their monthly payments will be counted — or even if the certification itself will be revoked.

The Education Department said that the approval notices the company sends to borrowers seeking certification are not binding and can be rescinded by the department at any time. Four of those borrowers whose approvals were withdrawn are in continuing litigation with the department.  The Education Department says their student loan debt forgiveness was in error.

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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.

False Promises of Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Contributing to the Default Crisis

July 11, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The rate of borrowers who are in default or more than 90 days past due on their student loan debt is approaching 40%, pushing the total amount of student loan debt in the U.S. to $1.4 trillion.

A number of those who have defaulted have legitimate reason.  Some were victims taken in by the over-exaggerated promises of for-profit colleges that really just wanted students for the student loans they were taking out that was a vast majority of their revenue. Others never finished college, due to life circumstances or changing events that interrupted their studies.

But another group, termed “strategic defaulters” is emerging.  These borrowers are pulled in by the promises from politicians and the possibility of student loan debt forgiveness.  Why should they pay their student loans if there is a slight possibility that all remaining student loan debt will one day be wiped away?   With these empty promises and no action being taken, it is expected that student loan defaults will continue to rise.

Most recently, education secretary, Betsy DeVos,  scrapped an Obama-era plan to streamline the government’s system for servicing student loans.  An education budget obtained by the Washington Post revealed a proposal to end a student loan-forgiveness program for public servants, creating uncertainty for some 400,000 borrowers.

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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 Forgiveness Signed into Law in New Jersey

December 7, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law this week that will eliminate student loan debt in the event of death and total disability, and allow for deferment of payments and interest accumulation for those who are temporarily disabled.

The change comes after an investigation into the case of a mother who was forced to continue paying her son’s student loans after his senseless murder.  It brought to light New Jersey’s punitive lending practices.  The bill’s sponsors in the lower house called its success a victory for students and parental co-signers who could have been left with insurmountable debt after a tragedy.

The primary sponsor of the bill, State Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, made the following statement:

“Imagine you’re a family who always pays their bills, has good credit and then you lose a child and in the midst of your grief, you’re saddled with tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in their remaining student loan debt,” Mazzeo wrote.  “That’s just something we can’t allow to happen on our watch.”

Fellow sponsor Andrew Zwicker also praised the change.

“To expect a student’s family or other survivors to pay their college loan debt in the event of their death is cruel and unacceptable.  We can do better than that,” Zwicker wrote.

New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) will now be obligated to forgive those debts.  In cases of permanent or temporary disability, borrowers will have to provide a written statement from their physician attesting to their condition.

Unlike other states, New Jersey does not allow for payments to be adjusted by income and charges higher interest rates than similar federal programs. The state can also garnish a borrower’s wages for non-payment and revoke professional licenses without court approval.

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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.

Four Ways President Trump Could Affect Your Student Loans

November 16, 2016 Posted by kingcade

President-elect Donald Trump has plans to address student debt and college affordability, but many of the details remain unclear.  Trump and the Republican Party did not emphasize higher education in their campaign platforms and any changes to the current federal student loan system would require congressional backing.

Here’s what we may be able to expect:

  1. Income-driven repayment changes are likely. According to Trump’s proposed student loan program, he would cap repayment at 12.5% of a borrower’s income. He did not indicate whether this repayment cap would apply to all federal loan borrowers or only for those who apply for income-driven repayment, as is the current standard.
  2. Private Banks may begin issuing federal student loans. Trump wants to restore a system where private banks issue federal student loans as opposed to the government.  This was a process that occurred up until 2010, when the federal government revamped the program and began originating all federal student loans through its Direct Loan program.  The Obama administration cited billions of dollars in cost savings as a result of the switch, and used the savings to offer more Pell Grants for low-income students.
  3. Students’ prospective earnings could dictate their ‘loan worthiness.’ Trump wants to let colleges have a say in lending decisions and make them share the risk of student borrowing with lenders.  It would be up to colleges and banks to decide together which students could take out student loans.
  4. College costs could be reduced by limiting the ‘administrative bloat.’ Trump said in an October speech that he would take steps to cut tuition costs.  In that same speech he said he planned to reduce the tremendous ‘bloat’ in college administration.  By reducing the unnecessary costs of compliance with federal regulations, colleges would be able to pass the savings along to their students.

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.

Related Resources:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-trump-student-loans-20161111-story.html

 

Government Likely to Forgive Billions in Student Loan Debt – but only if you qualify

October 12, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Student borrowers who have been working since 2007 in public service are looking forward to next year.  This will be the first time the government will forgive debt under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The program states that individuals who work for ten years in specific careers are eligible to have the remaining balance of their loans forgiven.

These areas include working for:

  • Non-profit organizations;
  • Libraries;
  • Schools;
  • Certain government jobs.

To qualify, borrowers must make on-time payments on their student loans during the ten years they work in public service. The payments can be made under an income-based repayment plan if the borrower qualifies.

With as many as 25% of working individuals qualifying, the government may have to forgive more than anticipated. More borrowers took advantage of the program than the government had expected.  The average amount of loans carried by those in the program is $60,000. About 30% have debt over $100,000. This means the government will have to forgive more than $12 billion in student loans between 2017 and 2027.

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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.