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99 Percent of Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Applicants Rejected

According to recent U.S. Department of Education statistics, more than 99 percent of people who have applied for available public service student loan forgiveness have been rejected. As of December 31, 2018, it was reported that 65,500 total applications for the public service student loan forgiveness program had been submitted. However, of this total, 58,000 applications had been processed with the majority of them resulting in denials. An additional 7,200 applications were marked as pending.

The program’s requirements are complicated, and not well-explained to qualifying borrowers.  Approval requires more than simply working in public service. The Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program is offered through the federal government and requires the borrower work full-time, meaning more than 30 hours per week, in an eligible federal, state or local public service job. The borrower can also work for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so long as the position is a full-time, eligible one. The borrower must make 120 eligible on-time payments to qualify.

Several different reasons were given for these denials. Seventy-three percent of these rejected applications were denied due to the applicant not meeting the “program’s requirements.” These requirements could mean either the borrower did not have student loans that were eligible for forgiveness, did not have qualifying employment, or did not make the 120 consecutive required qualifying student loan payments. Another 25 percent of these student loan forgiveness applications were denied because the applications were incomplete or had missing information on the employment certification form.

The report indicated that only 610 applications for student loan forgiveness had been approved and that 338 borrowers had received a collective amount of $21.1 million in public service student loan forgiveness. Less than 0.5 percent of the applications submitted were successful.

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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. There are ways to file for bankruptcy with student loan 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.

 

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President Trump Plans to End Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Program

The White House has released President Trump’s budget proposal for 2020, and many of the cuts take aim at the student loan debt crisis. Here are some of the specific proposals, which could affect borrowers’ ability to pay off their student loan debt.

  • The end to public service loan forgiveness. According to Trump’s proposed budget, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program would be eliminated. The effects could adversely impact members of the U.S. Armed Forces, police officers, firefighters, first responders, prosecutors, public defenders, and other public servants.
  • A change to federal student loan repayment. The number of income-driven repayment plans would be reduced to just one. Current plans, such as PAYE and REPAYE, allow borrowers to repay their federal student loans based on income, family size and additional factors, and can result in student loan forgiveness.  The changes would favor undergraduate borrowers who typically earn less than graduate school student loan borrowers. Monthly student loan payments would be capped at 12.5% of income and after 15 years of monthly payments, any remaining student loan debt would be forgiven.  This is five years earlier then the current income-driven repayment options. Graduate student loan borrowers would see the opposite effect – a five year increase to student loan debt repayment before their loans are forgiven.
  • The end to subsidized student loans. Subsidized student loans has traditionally meant that the government pays the interest costs on federal student loans while borrowers are enrolled in school. The rationale behind eliminating these type loans is to save the federal government money by collecting additional interest.  This could result in the cost of a higher education being that much more expensive due to additional interest costs.

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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. There are ways to file for bankruptcy with student loan 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.

 

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Bankruptcy Judge Grants $600 Million Settlement to Former ITT Tech Students

A major victory was won against for-profit educational institutions that have been accused of predatory lending practices. A federal bankruptcy judge in Indianapolis gave final approval to a $600 million settlement that will affect about 750,000 former students of ITT Technical Institute.

The now-defunct institution was once based in a suburb of Indianapolis, Carmel, Indiana. The school had over 136 campuses in 38 states when it shut down in September 2016. This $600 million settlement cancels all the student loan debt owed to the school.

The agreement specifically deals with student borrowers who attended ITT Tech between the years 2006 and 2016. The settlement also returns $3 million to students who paid payments on their loan to the school after the school’s parent company, ITT Educational declared bankruptcy in 2016.

After the school closed in 2016, students filed claims against ITT Educational and ITT Tech, alleging that they were subject to “systemic unfair and deceptive practices” by the school. The class of students argued that ITT violated consumer protection laws and also were in violation of breach of contract.

This settlement agreement may wipe out the debt that was owed directly to ITT, the issue of federal and private student loans that ITT students took out to pay tuition still exists. Only 33 of the former ITT students have been granted federal student loan cancellation. This number pales in comparison to the 13,000 borrowers who are unable to pay their student loan debt and have applied for cancellation.

However, despite this fact, proponents of student loan reform practices praise the settlement and believe that it has done more for students who fell prey to the predatory tactics of for-profit schools like ITT Tech.

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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. There are ways to file for bankruptcy with student loan 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.

 

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Disabled Veterans Eligible for Student Loan Forgiveness Still Paying

Many disabled veterans who are eligible for student loan forgiveness are still paying on their debt, according to a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Veterans Education Success. The nonprofit group filed this FOIA request on behalf of veterans in June 2018.

According to the FOIA information, the U.S. Department of Education is still seeking repayment on over $1 billion in federal student loan debt from tens of thousands of veterans who are severely disabled and have been determined to be unable to work, thus making them eligible for student loan forgiveness.  Borrowers were reportedly notified of their potential eligibility in the mail and received a Total and Permanent Disability Discharge application.

Specifically, the Department of Education has identified approximately 40,000 veterans who could have their student loan debt cancelled due to a total and permanent disability discharge. Out of that number, 25,000 of these veterans are already in default on their student loans.

Some critics of the administration believe it is because the current leadership in the Department of Education is more interested in protecting the for-profit institutions out there than students, veterans and other individuals who arguably need the protection more.

Going through a default on your student loans is an extremely stressful process, and when the person defaulting on the obligation is unable to work, already living in poverty and likely suffering from physical and emotional conditions that are debilitating, the stress is compounded even more. A default can seriously hurt that person’s credit score and can also result in the government garnishing that person’s tax refunds and a portion of their Social Security benefits. If the person is already on a limited income, this can be devastating.

The Veterans Education Success and Vietnam Veterans of American are both asking that the Department of Education automatically discharge the debt for these veterans. The current requirement is that the disabled veteran must apply to have the debt cancelled. If he or she is not aware of this program, the Department will not identify that person as someone who is eligible, which is a likely reason for the high number of defaults.

A new tax code includes a provision that waives federal income taxes on any debt that includes forgiven student loan debt for disabled taxpayers. Disabled veterans would fall under this category. If you are a disabled veteran who is interested in learning more about student loan forgiveness, you are encouraged to visit disabilitydischarge.com. If you receive any information on student loan forgiveness for a fee, do not follow this information as it is likely a scam. This service is free and is provided by organizations, such as Veterans Education Success. To learn more email help@veteranseducationsuccess.org.

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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. There are ways to file for bankruptcy with student loan 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.

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Most Student Loan Fraud Claims Involve For-Profits, according to recent study

An analysis of Education Department data reveals that students who attended for-profit colleges filed more than 98 percent of the requests for student loan forgiveness alleging fraud by their schools.  Century Foundation found nearly 100,000 loan forgiveness claims (known as borrower defense to repayment) have been received over the past two decades, which paints a troubling picture of the state of for-profit higher education in the United States.

The study found “a disproportionate concentration of predatory behavior among for-profit colleges” that raises “serious concerns about the federal government’s current approach to providing relief to students who have been defrauded and misled.”

For-profit colleges expanded rapidly over the past two decades, with enrollment rising from around 230,000 in the early 1990s to a record 2 million in 2010. These for-profit schools recruited aggressively, targeting more “non-traditional” students, usually older people who had jobs and could only study part time.

They also heavily targeted women, people of color and veterans. But after graduating, many students struggled to find jobs they were promised or had difficulty transferring credits to other schools.  This lead to a massive increase in student loan defaults.  A 2010 government study found that all of the 15 for-profit colleges evaluated by undercover agents made deceptive statements to prospective students and four of them encouraged fraudulent practices.

The report comes as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faces criticism for not moving forward with two Obama-era regulations that would have added protections for student borrowers.  The rules, known as borrower defense to repayment, were developed after a series of high-profile collapses of for-profit chains such as Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute left thousands of students with worthless degrees and mountains of student loan debt.  The regulations were scheduled to take effect on June 30.

However, the review of tens of thousands of claims has stalled and the AP reported last month that the department is considering abandoning the practice of full loan cancellation in favor of partial forgiveness.  Student advocates are pointing to the Trump administration’s ties to the for-profit industry and accuse DeVos of putting industry over students.

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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 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.

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Over 44 Million People Affected by Student Loan Debt

According to a survey by LendEDU, a private firm that connects students and their families with student loans and loan refinancing, student loan debt affects more than 44 million borrowers, who owe about $1.3 trillion.

Student loan debt surpassed auto loan and credit card debt. However, mortgage debt remains higher than education debt.

The survey used data from 1,161 four-year colleges throughout the country and found that college students at in-state public schools paid an average of $20,090 in annual tuition for the 2016-2017 school year. This is up 2.6 percent from 2015-2016.

Despite these trends, the average amount of debt incurred by graduating students in the U.S. fell 1.5 percent to $27,975 last year.

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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.

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Student Loan Debt is Not Just a Millennial Problem- Baby Boomers Reportedly Struggling, too

Student loan debt has increased eight-fold among Americans aged 60-64 over the last decade.  Moms, dads and even grandparents are shouldering more of these debts. From 2005 to 2015, the amount of student loan debt held by those ages 60-64 has increased from $4.85 billion to $38.35 billion.

For those aged 55-59, the increase is about five-fold, from $13.9 billion to $65.47 billion.  Many seniors are having trouble paying these loans off or making payments at all: 12.6% of debt held by 60- to 64-year-olds was in default at the end of 2015, a higher default rate than anyone under 40.

To make matters worse, the Trump administration is not shaping up to be particularly friendly towards people struggling to pay off these debts.  Most recently, education secretary, Betsy DeVos,  scrapped an Obama-era plan to streamline the government’s system for servicing student loans. And just this week, 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.

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Student Loan Forgiveness Letters May be Invalid

More than 550,000 student loan borrowers who signed up for a federal program that promised to repay their student loans after they work 10 years in a public service job may be invalid, according to the Department of Education.

In a court filing last week, the Education Department suggested that borrowers could not rely on the program’s administrator to say accurately whether they qualify for student loan debt forgiveness. Even more appalling, the thousands of approval letters sent out by FedLoan Servicing are considered to be non-binding and can be rescinded at any time.

The filing adds to questions and concerns about the student loan forgiveness program, which offered major benefits and incentives for student loan borrowers who took public service jobs instead of more lucrative work in the private sector.

The American Bar Association and several borrowers have filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington against the department.  The plaintiffs in the case held jobs that they initially were told qualified for the debt forgiveness program; only later to find out the decision was reversed. The lawsuit seeks to have their eligibility for the forgiveness program reinstated.

The student loan debt forgiveness program covers people with federal student loans who work for 10 years at a government or nonprofit organization, and includes public school employees, museum workers, doctors at public hospitals and firefighters. The federal government approved the program back in 2007.  The first potential beneficiaries of the program reach the end of their 10-year commitment this October.

Approximately 25 percent of the nation’s workforce may qualify for the program, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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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.

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The U.S. Government is Collecting Student Loans it Promised to Forgive

In recent years, the U.S. Department of Education has taken on two different roles in the lives of indebted former college students. The same bureaucracy must collect on the $1.1 trillion in student loans in an attempt to protect taxpayer dollars and it also oversees the nation’s largest-ever effort to forgive student loan debt.

The government’s dual roles have since caused problems for former Corinthian Colleges Inc. students. Tens of thousands of these former students had their student loans cancelled and according to the Obama administration they were supposed to be reimbursed in full. However, the Department of Education has been actively collecting on federal student debt owed by the former students.

Corinthian Colleges Inc. filed for bankruptcy in 2015 under a cloud of fraud investigations. As a result, government officials had reason to believe that some of these students’ debts should be forgiven. However, former students have come forward saying that they are still being approached for payment on their loans. When companies have made similar attempts at collecting on debt that is not actually owed in the past, they have been charged by federal and state regulators with violating the law.

According to the former director of the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection division, David Vladeck, “There’s no clear-cut reason why there shouldn’t be automatic loan forgiveness for people who otherwise would have a legal claim for deceptive conduct against this now-bankrupt company.” He went on to say, “These kids by and large have been scammed, and the Department of Education in some sense is continuing that harm by making them jump through hoops to get the relief to which they are entitled.”

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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.

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Corinthian College Students Still Waiting for Financial Aid Help

Eighteen months after Corinthian Colleges Inc. closed the doors of its remaining locations, Heald College, Wyotech and Everest University, tens of thousands of former students are still waiting to receive some form of relief from the student loan debt they incurred to attend the defunct college.

Nearly 80,000 CCI students are facing debt collection related to the loans they took out to attend the schools. Although the Department of Education’s has the ability to provide defense of repayment discharges, which is a process that would eliminate debt based on the college’s alleged fraudulent actions.

The former student’s attempts to obtain discharges have been filled with issues, most stemming from the fact that the process has seldom ever been used and never to the extent it is needed for CCI students.

Due to the alleged fraud, students may be eligible for loan forgiveness of any federal Direct Loans, according to the Department of Education. The investigation process involving federal prosecutors, attorneys general and other agencies is ongoing. However, they have found evidence of fraud by CCI involving the use of inflated job placement rates and pushing students into high cost loans.

A report compiled by the Department of Education found that there are 79,717 people who are eligible to apply for loan forgiveness, but are instead dealing with debt collectors. Of those former students, 30,000 have had tax refunds, tax credits and other benefits seized, while 4,000 have had their wages garnished.

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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.