When it comes to private student loans, it’s hard to avoid getting the runaround

Student rates are determined annually on June 1 and locked in for the life of the loan. It means that students who borrow this fall will pay 3.8 percent on subsidized loans, 5.4 percent on unsubsidized Stafford loans, and 6.4 percent on PLUS loans. The new law reverses the interest rate jump on subsidized loans, which jumped from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1. [More from Manilla.com: Are Today’s College Students Getting an Education in Financial Responsibility? ] Student loan repayment options Under the new law, loan payments may be limited. Borrowers who choose the income-based repayment option will pay no more than 10 percent of their income above a basic allowance (the ceiling had previously been 15 percent).
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/student-loans-calculation-130109975.html

The hidden truth about student loans

is approaching $1.2 trillion, according to the CFPB. The total includes about $165 billion in outstanding private student loan debt. That may seem like a small piece of the pie, but private student loans stand out because they can come with variable rates that may be significantly higher than federal loans. Plus, federal student loan borrowers who are struggling with low wages and other setbacks can seek deferrals and flexible repayment programs, while the private loan borrower doesnt have the legal right to such choices. To help struggling private student loan borrowers, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, is asking policymakers and regulators to put two key reforms in place: Flexible repayment. Private lenders should offer income-based repayment plans to borrowers. Borrowers who demonstrate financial hardship, due to high debt balances and modest wages, should be allowed to repay a reasonable percentage of their income in order to stay current. Refinancing options.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/comes-private-student-loans-hard-180000068.html

How Qualified Student Loans Could Protect Borrowers and Taxpayers

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Source: http://www.salon.com/2013/08/23/the_hidden_truth_about_student_loans/

Obama tackles student loan crisis

Nonqualified student loans, on the other hand, would not need to meet any of these criteria. These loans, unlike their qualified counterparts, would be dischargeable in Chapter 7 bankruptcy after a specified waiting periodas was the law for federal loans prior to 1998. This would allow for greater flexibility for institutions and students. Institutions would be able to obtain funding for students in programs that have not demonstrated that completers have been successful in entering the workforce. Students could benefit from being able to obtain a loan to attend such a program, without the loan being nearly impossible to discharge through the bankruptcy processthus transferring some of the risk back to the issuer of the loanor through some risk-sharing arrangement with the institution offering the program. Qualified and nonqualified student loans do not necessarily fit in the current divide between federal and private student loans.
Source: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/higher-education/report/2013/08/20/72508/how-qualified-student-loans-could-protect-borrowers-and-taxpayers/

Understand Calls for Loan Repayment Reform

However, they provide no evidence that schools are planning to do this, and the Student Loan Ranger finds it far-fetched that schools would embrace such a logistically difficult and ethically and legally questionable scheme or that the Department of Education would allow them to do so. [Learn which law degrees have the best return on investment .] Based on these arguments, the authors propose capping Public Service Loan Forgiveness at $30,000 and instituting an aggregate limit of $75,000 for all federal loans. Capping Public Service Loan Forgiveness a broad-based program that is available to anyone, not just lawyers or graduate and professional students, willing to commit to a long-term public interest career would limit the ability of millions of middle- and lower-class students to dedicate their lives to public service. Limiting the availability of federal loans would force these students to rely on private student loans, which lack vital borrower protections and are the equivalent, as the Student Loan Ranger sees it, of paying for a higher education on a credit card. Isaac Bowers is a senior program manager in the Communications and Outreach unit, responsible for Equal Justice Works’s educational debt relief initiatives. An expert on educational debt consolidating student loans relief, Bowers conducts monthly webinars for a wide range of audiences; advises employers, law schools, and professional organizations; and works with Congress and the Department of Education on federal legislation and regulations.
Source: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/student-loan-ranger/2013/08/21/understand-calls-for-loan-repayment-reform

Solving the Student Loan Crisis – Piglt Campaigns are Live

Student loan debt in the US has risen above $1 trillion and the cost of higher education is skyrocketing. Thats preventing individuals from progressing socially and economically. The rising cost of higher education is preventing Americans from getting the kinds of degrees they want to finance the lives they want to lead. Similarly, the burden of student debt is precluding Americans from buying homes, cars, getting married, having kids, and pursuing careers in areas in which they are interested or trained. People everywhere are pursuing jobs in career fields unrelated to their passions or their education, just to make ends meet. Piglt enables people to use the skills they have and the skills theyll get from their higher education to help pay for their schooling or pay off their existing student loan debt.
Source: http://www.seattlepi.com/business/press-releases/article/Solving-the-Student-Loan-Crisis-Piglt-Campaigns-4752997.php

Time to Bring Bankruptcy Back for Student Loan Debt

One way, of course, would be to bring down the ever-rising price tag of college tuition. That process, which will be driven by good old-fashioned supply and demand and customer outrage and increased appropriations from broke-ass state governments, will not happen overnight. In the meantimefor the millions of people who are already laboring under loads of student debtit would be nice to allow for a sober and responsible route into bankruptcy for student loan debt, just like there is for other kinds of debt. (If you are the debtor, where your debt came from is less important than the fact that it is crippling you.) That’s exactly what the Center for American Progress calls for in a new report : reasonable standards to ensure that student loans can probably be repaid, combined with bankruptcy eligibility for those loans that will be the hardest to repay. The way to approach this issue, however, is to establish clear and public standards for what we at the Center for American Progress refer to as Qualified Student Loans, or loans that cannot be easily discharged in bankruptcy, which has been done for other types of financial products as a way to identify safer financial products. Qualified Student Loans would include loans, both federal and private, that have reasonable repayment conditions such as low interest rates and access to favorable forbearance, deferment, and income-based repayment options.
Source: http://gawker.com/time-to-bring-bankruptcy-back-for-student-loan-debt-1177948307

Obama said that a higher education remained the best ticket to upward mobility in America. But he warned that soaring cost of college in some cases up 250 per cent for a four-year course over the last three decades was pricing many families out. Weve got a crisis in terms of college affordability and student debt, Obama said, before an enthusiastic crowd of students at the University of Buffalo. The speech reunited Obama with one of his most supportive constituencies students and the 52-year-old president reminded his audience he only finished paying off his college loans while he was in his 40s. The US Federal Reserve has estimated that there is nearly one trillion dollars in outstanding college debt in the United States. In 2011, the average outstanding amount of student loan debt for each graduate was $23,000 dollars. Obamas return to his role as champion of the middle classes, a focus-group tested message that worked to great effect last year, comes ahead of looming budget battles with Republicans.
Source: http://news.in.msn.com/international/obama-tackles-student-loan-crisis

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