Posts Tagged: ‘Student Loan Payments’

Government Sues America’s Largest Student Loan Company

January 20, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The Washington state Attorney General filed a lawsuit against student loan company, Navient on Wednesday. Navient is formerly part of the private student loan company, Sallie Mae. In a separate lawsuit, Illinois Attorneys General named both Navient and Sallie Mae.

According to Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), “At every stage of repayment, Navient chose to shortcut and deceive consumers to save on operating costs.”

Navient separated from Sallie Mae in 2014 and is currently the largest student loan servicer in the country. The company reportedly handles more than 12 million student loan accounts. Approximately half of the borrowers have federal loans and the other half are private. According to the CFPB, one in four student loan borrowers have Navient as their servicer. 

The CFPB’s allegations claim that Navient steered struggling borrowers toward paying more than they had to, and misallocated borrowers’ payments when they were made across multiple loans. It also alleges that in some cases, Navient erroneously reported borrowers had defaulted on their loans, damaging their credit score.

In the lawsuit, the government claims that Navient also made it more difficult for borrowers to enroll in an income-driven repayment plan, which can be used to lower their monthly payment if they’re struggling to make payments.

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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.

What President Obama’s Re-Election will Mean for Students

November 12, 2012 Posted by kingcade

President Obama continues to prove his commitment to lower student loan rates, which earned him immense popularity with students, aged 18-29 in this year’s election. During his last term he stopped the federal student loan interest rates from doubling and he increased funding for Pell grants, which provide support to underprivileged students. One of his biggest steps forward for students was providing them with the option of repaying their loans according to income rather than the amount borrowed.

Now elected for another term, President Obama’s ambitions are high when it comes to education. Within 10 years he wants to halve the amount by which tuition fees rise year-on-year. He also wants America to have the highest proportion of university graduates in the world by 2020. But the biggest challenge Obama will face when implementing education and economic reform is the same as in his first term – a Republican-led Congress.

Without action from Congress by July 1, 2013, interest rates on subsidized loans that are now 3.4 percent might double and Pell grants will face a funding shortfall of $7 billion in 2014. President Obama has other plans to help students, such as job training initiatives through partnerships with community colleges and the private sector in his second term, which he promises will result in 2 million job placements.

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Student Loan Defaults Increase Nationwide

July 19, 2012 Posted by kingcade

The Sun-Sentinel reported that across the nation, former students are defaulting on their federally backed student loans at rapid rates. In return, the government is filing lawsuits against former students who default on these loans. The report also stated that more than 4,300 lawsuits were filed across the country against former students who defaulted on their loans in 2011. South Florida reported that 183 lawsuits were filed against residents in 2011 that were unable to make their student loan payments.

Across the state, federal statistics reflect that more than 19,000 residents have defaulted on their student loan payments in the past two years; approximately 1.7 percent more than the national average of those who began repayment in 2009. The number of lawsuits and defaulted loans are expected to continue climbing due to unemployment rates.

Many former students struggling financially are choosing to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy to relieve some of their debt. Although student loan debts are non-dischargeable through bankruptcy, this is a primary way for former students to avoid a lawsuit.

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.