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March 13, 2014

Congress Seeks to Increase Taxes on Student Loan Borrowers

Sigh.  According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the feds can increase revenues by $13.0 billion over 2014-2023 by repealing the student loan interest deduction and shifting the full burden of student loan interest back to student loan borrowers.  And if Congress also required student loan borrowers who have committed their careers to public service to pay tax on loan forgiveness they earned, the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates they could increase tax revenue by an additional $1.1 billion. The “Tax Reform Act of 2014”…

March 7, 2014

Navigating the New Direct Consolidation Loan Application Process

You’ve done your homework and determined that you are ready to consolidate your federal student loans.  Okay, so how do you do it?  Good question!  To begin with, a new electronic consolidation loan application process was launched on the StudentLoans.gov Web site on January 2, 2014.  If you do not have one or more defaulted loans assigned to the Department of Education, you will use the new Direct Consolidation Loan application process. Here’s what you need to know The Federal Direct Consolidation Loan Application…

March 7, 2014

Is a Direct Consolidation Loan Right For You?

You have a handful of federal student loans and you’re wondering whether it makes sense to consolidate them.  Good question!  Let’s begin with the basics.  A Direct Consolidation Loan allows you to combine your federal student loans into one loan.  You can have the convenience of one loan and one loan payment, you can switch older variable interest rate loans to a fixed interest rate, and consolidation can also give you access to alternative repayment plans and forgiveness provisions you would not have had…

March 6, 2014

Will Proposed Cuts to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Impact Existing Borrowers?

Us student loan borrowers are understandably concerned about parts of President Obama's proposed budget, but we would do well to remember that the budget proposal itself cannot, does not, and never will determine whether any future cuts to student loan forgiveness would apply to existing borrowers.  The offending document, the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2015, is a political document.  It consists of 212 pages of budget overviews organized by agency and summary tables of the dollar amounts in question.…

March 5, 2014

President’s Budget Unsettling to High-Debt Student Loan Borrowers

On the one hand, the administration proposes to extend PAYE to all student borrowers starting in 2015, regardless of when they borrowed.  That would be nice.   But the administration proposes sharply reducing the loan forgiveness available to high-debt student loan borrowers (except they refer to these cuts as "reform[ing] the PAYE terms to ensure that program benefits are targeted to the neediest borrowers."  The proposed "reforms" are a response to criticism arguing that existing forgiveness provisions permit already expensive schools…

By Heather  |  Category:  Higher education funding  
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