Last week the U.S. Department of Education announced their latest move to assist some individuals with financially debilitating student loan debt.  This part of the Obama Student Aid Bill of Rights, is directed at hundreds of thousands of borrowers who are permanently disabled and cannot work.  The Department of Education started sending out letters this week to student loan borrowers that have been identified, with the help of the Social Security Administration, as receiving disability payments and are eligible to have their student loans discharged.  This type of student loan relief is known as a “Total and Permanent Disability” loan discharge. There were 387,000 permanently disabled individuals identified, with nearly half of these currently in student loan default, as qualifying with an estimated $7.7 billion in student loans.

 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. 

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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.

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On Wednesday, University of Phoenix's parent Apollo Education Group announced that the business and marketing methods of the for-profit school are now under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). CNNMoney.com reports that Apollo will "cooperate fully" with the FTC research, which requires them to provide the federal company with papers on their finances, advertising, certification, and army recruitment practices from the last four years.

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Defaulted Student Loans? The clear path to Default Resolution

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.

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As of May 10, 2015 the NSLDS report access system was changed. You will need to Log onto NSLDS.ED.Gov  by using your User Name or Verified E-mail address and a Password.

1.     If you have already set up your access with your User Name or Verified E and Password, simply log on and follow the instructions below.

2.     If you have not set up your access, then click on the “Create an FSA ID” tab and follow all the steps to create your FSA ID.

a    You will get an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address

b    You will hear back from FSA once they verify your information with the Social Security Office. This should take a day or two.

c    Once everything is verified, follow the directions below.

The starting point to begin an analysis of any Student Loan issue is to obtain any and all information that the U.S. Department of  Education has regarding all Federal Student loans that pertain to you.  Attorney D.J. Rausa needs this information to be able to explain any and all options.

If you have obtained a Federal Student Loan anytime during your life, then the information is available at the National Student Loan Data System, or, NSLDS. This report will provide vital information regarding what type of Federal Loans you have obtained, the status of those loans, who the current servicer of those loans are, and who the lenders are.

From this website, Attorney D.J. Rausa will need two things.

1)    The summary of all your loans will be the first page you see.

2)     The detail report on all your loans.

The number of each loan will be listed on the left hand side of the summary page. The numbers  are hyperlinks to all the details of each of your loans.  Simply click on the number and the details of the loan will be the next screen. I will need all pages for each of these individual loans.

In the center of each page, there will be a Download button. DO NOT DOWNLOAD unless you want 75 pages of information in a txt format, I do not.

Simply Print/save as a PDF, of all pages. This is what D.J. Rausa wants to review and it will be used to discuss and evaluate your circumstances.

I look forward to reviewing this report with you and assisting you with the management of your Student Loan debt.

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GraduationToday, 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.

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Student Loan Debt Relief

If you are a student that has Federal Student Loans, you may qualify for a variety of the student loan forgiveness programs that are available to to you. You can start today and enter into a loan forgiveness program and begin the road to your financial freedom!

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Contact us today to learn about student loan debt relief. Every consolidated loan has forgiveness attached at the end of the loan term. At the end of the consolidated loan's term, any unpaid balance will be forgiven by the Department of Education. There are many repayment options in the Obama Student Loan consolidation program, and there are provisions which allow for an early forgiveness or principal reduction many consolidated loans.

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Debt among pupils features reached astonishing levels in current many years. While a great deal of a young person’s debt is in the form of pupil loans, youthful adults are also plagued by car loans, mortgages and overwhelming amounts of credit card debt.

Credit card financial obligation is quickest growing among youthful grownups aged 18 to 24. From 1982 to 2011, credit card debt among this demographic more than doubled. In the same time frame, credit card financial obligation among 25- to 34-year-olds increased more than 50 percent.

And studies show that debt just increases from here. The best method to curb debt later in life is to find out debt management methods early. Debt decrease strategies like debt settlement can assist you spend down outstanding debts now so you can live debt-free later on.

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For you, and numerous students like you across the country, graduation does not come with a job. It can come with a heap of student loan debt. The average borrower in the university course of 2013 is expected to carry more than $35,200 in student loan financial obligation. That debt may be accompanied by growing credit card debt, as well as a car loan and maybe also a home loan.

Did You know?

The costs for a higher education are among the fastest-rising costs in American culture these days. Since 1980, tuition expenses at U.S. universities and universities have actually increased 757 percent. In comparison, food and electricity expenses have risen about 150 % and gasoline rates have increased more than 400 percent over the same period of time.

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Read what D.J. recently told The Wall Street Journal regarding the probable rise in Student Loan Debt Resolution through Bankruptcy.

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To whom it may concern,
Mr. Rausa is extremely knowledgeable with the complexities of Federal Student Loans.
I went from a thriving career to full medical disability, ending with an SSDI placement. Unfortunately, I lost everything and became unable to continue making the student loan payments, so it was in deferment for over five years. When the SSDI settled I tried to negotiate an affordable payment plan with the loan holders but they refused my efforts, instead demanding over twice the amount I could afford.
I contacted Mr. Rausa and found him to be courteous, responsive and quick to assess my situation. He was sure he could help and took time to answer all questions, which relieved much anxiety. Within months he successfully resolved the debt! With much confidence, I highly recommend Mr. Rausa.
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