Student debt continues to be a major issue for college students and graduates in the U.S.
U.S. total student debt is now over $1.4 trillion, and the average debt for a college graduate in 2016 was $37,000. And 44 million Americans now have student debt to their name.
The video below gives tips on how student loan borrowers can avoid falling behind on their payments. It also explains why millennials should be saving for retirement even if they have student debt.
We’ve written before about how student loans, unlike other forms of debt, can’t be discharged in bankruptcy–which is why it’s so important to be careful about how much you borrow.
Bankruptcy law says that, without proving “undue hardship,” a borrower can’t discharge a loan made for an “educational benefit.”
Recently, however, bankruptcy courts have started ruling in favor of some student loan borrowers and have allowed them to discharge their debt, according to The Wall Street Journal.
What would you do if you could have all of your student loans paid off?
A lot, most students say, including taking a punch from boxer Mike Tyson.
Finding a job right after graduating can be tough. And for graduates with student debt, there’s added pressure to find a job and make enough money to afford student loan payments once their grace period has ended.
Luckily for college graduates in New York state, there’s a new student loan forgiveness program that makes it easier for them to adjust to life after college–without having to repay their student loans.
While you hear the most about students borrowing high debt to pay for college, parent debt is usually overlooked–even though it makes up a significant portion of the country’s $1.2 trillion in student debt.
A recent study shows that about 3 million parents have $71 billion in federal student debt, in the form of Parent PLUS loans they took out to pay for their children’s college, according to Bloomberg Business.
Wondering what to get the millennial in your life this Christmas?
Consider giving them something they probably need: a gift toward their student loan payments.
According to MarketWatch, a new site called LoanGifting allows family, friends and others to make payments directly toward someone’s student loans.
The government recently dropped some huge news for those with federal student loans.
Starting Dec. 16, all federal student loan borrowers will be eligible for an alternative repayment plan called Revised Pay As You Earn (or REPAYE), MONEY reports.
With 70% of college graduates now leaving school with debt and the national student loan debt now at $1.3 trillion and growing, there have been many proposed solutions on how to combat the country’s student loan problem. According to Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, the federal government must act swiftly to stop the student […]
Dropping out of a college, in general, makes borrowers more likely to default on their student loans, because it makes it more difficult for them to find a good-paying job and afford their student loan payments.
But certain college dropouts have it worse than others–those who dropped out of a for-profit, less-than-four-year college.
Not paying your student loans can have some serious consequences, including a lowered credit score and having your wages garnished.
But what if there was a way to avoid paying your student loans with no repercussions?
Actually, there is–if you quality for a student loan forgiveness program.