Data collected by Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, showed that student loan debt delinquencies are continuing to increase while other forms of household debt are improving. The data from the fourth quarter of 2014 was collected from the New York Federal Reserve’s Consumer Credit Panel. Student loan debts that have been delinquent for more than 90 days have increased to 11.3%.
One of the reasons the Credit Panel cited was the rise in delinquent student loan debts is the fact that it is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Unfortunately, the delinquencies are expected to continue increasing due to most borrowers forgetting that student loan debt is a secured debt. This means that student loans can be garnished from a borrower’s wages if they are not paid.
Student loan borrowers struggling with debt have options available to them and delinquency should be a last resort. Federal student loan borrowers offer several repayment options to best suit your needs. In addition, interest rates for private student loan borrowers are nearing all time lows. If borrowers have good credit scores, they may be able to refinance their 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 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 http://www.miamibankruptcy.com.