On January 27, 2016 the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against DeVry University alleging the for-profit school deceived prospective students by exaggerating post-graduation job prospects. This constitutes a violation of the FTC Act and the complaint asks the court to provide redress to consumers and prohibit DeVry from further violations. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education (DE) has taken separate action to require DeVry to stop deceptive advertising claims regarding its graduates’ employment success and to implement procedures to insure the truthfulness of post-graduation employment claims. These enforcement actions may open the doors for DeVry graduates to request student loan debt relief.
Marinello Schools of Beauty operates 56 cosmetology schools across five states, including two locations here in San Diego (Miramar and El Cajon). On February 4, 2016 Marinello suddenly shut down all of its locations leaving 4,300 students unable to continue their education and 800 employees out of work.
The sudden shut down came after the US Department of Education denied recertification of Marinello’s eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs. According to the Department of Education website, Marinello was notified on February 1, 2016 that its participation would end effective February 29, 2016. Three days after Marinello received this notification, it shut down all locations.
An important factor that sets student loan debt apart from all other kinds of debt is that it’s just about impossible to rid yourself of it. Even borrowers that end up in such financial burdens file for bankruptcy and struggle to get a fresh start void of their student loan debt.
But a few cases working their way through the legal system could alter that. They increase the possibility that the courts might offer a loose definition of how difficult the borrower’s financial situation is before a bankruptcy judge can justify discharging his or her loans.
According to The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, there are 8 million student loan borrowers in default.* If you are one of those, you may be asking yourself , How did I get here?
My experience with working with those clients who have student loans has shown me that student loan default could have been avoided had their servicers been forthright with the information they needed to prevent default, and options for student loan default resolution. In the majority of cases that I have seen, the services play hide and seek with vital information, leaving the student loan borrower confused.
San Diego, CA, January 28, 2015 – Representative John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation in Congress spotlighting the omnipresent financial crisis with student loan debt. Unlike mortgage, credit card and auto loan debt, the current law does not allow for student loan debt to be discharged. The Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy Act (H.R. 449) would most likely render student loans dischargeable under bankruptcy.
“Student loan debt is dragging down economic growth, keeping the American Dream out of reach for many and is a monthly strain for millions,” Congressman Delaney said in a recent statement. “While student loan debt is a complex problem that will require many solutions—increased support for grant programs, efforts to increase affordability, improved consumer education—we also need to reform our laws to help those with the absolute greatest need. Right now, there is effectively a huge student loan loophole in bankruptcy law that’s hurting real people."
As the cost of college tuition continues to rise, the student loan debt burden on students and their families also continues to rise. Student loan debt affects not only recent graduates but also every age generation, even senior citizens. This legislation would truly help people struggling with this issue.
"Bankruptcy has long been an option of last resort for individuals facing an irresolvable level of debt; bankruptcy isn’t easy or enjoyable, but it’s a necessary part of our financial system," Delaney continued. "It doesn’t make sense for students with heavy debt burdens to be worse than someone with credit card, auto loan debt or mortgage debt. Every member of Congress from every state in the country has constituents who are struggling severely because of student loan debt. At the very least we should have some basic fairness in the law.”
Today, 71% of students graduating from 4 year colleges have student loan debt. According to The Project on Student Debt, the average student loan debt for a college graduate is $29,400. However, student loan debt is not only a problem for recent graduates.
In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of older Americans who have student loan debt from financing their own education or the education of their children. As of 2013, people over the age of 65 had $18.2 billion in outstanding student loan debt.
If you have student loans and are approaching retirement, it is important to know that your social security benefits can be garnished by 15% for defaulted federal loans. In 2013, more than 155,000 social security recipients had their benefits garnished due to student loan debt, as discussed by US News & World Report.
If you have federal student loans in default, there are programs available to rehabilitate your loans, get them out of default, and into an affordable repayment plan. Our office can help you figure out the best way to tackle your student loan debt and protect your future social security benefits. Contact us to schedule a no-cost consultation to find out how we can assist you.
How is interest calculated?
The amount of interest that accrues (accumulates) on your loan from month to month is determined by a simple daily interest formula. This formula consists of multiplying your loan balance by the number of days since the last payment times the interest rate factor.
Simple daily interest formula:
Outstanding principal balance
x number of days since last payment
x interest rate factor
= interest amount
Studentl Loan Consolidation & Your Credit
All federal and exclusive student loans are considered unsecured financial obligation. That means they are perhaps not supported by security, by some asset – a home, a vehicle, a piece of land.
Unsecured student loan debt is looked upon more favorably by loan providers when information technology comes to evaluating your credit worthiness. Student loan debt is usually considered good debt because information technology represents an investment in your future.
If you're prompt in making your federal and/or private student loan payments to your lender, having this kind of debt can actually start to strengthen your credit rating after about six months of constant payment. Better yet, if your student loans are consolidated, reducing the number of active reports on your credit report, it can heighten your score because well.
Almost half of those people with student loan debt — 49% of those people, to be exact — say that the student loan debt that they accrued to pay for their studies is in fact now an obstacle to buying a house, according to a new survey from NeighborWorks America.
In fact, 17% of those people with student loan debt said that it’s their largest obstacle to purchasing a home, while only 14% said not having a down payment is the largest hurdle. Having the ability to afford a preferred neighborhood was 13%, and 11% said the lack of job security as the largest problem that hampered their ability to purchasing a house of their own. NeighborWorks America is national, nonprofit, affordable housing and community development organization.