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November 17, 2011

Why Heather Jarvis Thinks the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is Really Asking For It

How are those private student loans working out for you?  The United States government wants to know.  I’m serious! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today that they want to know “more about how the private student loan market functions (or doesn’t), how and why you got a private loan, and how it is (or is not) working for you.” Shut the front door. Now it’s up to us to make sure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hears from a wide variety of perspectives.  I’m quite sure…

By Heather  |  Category:  Student Debt, Student Loan Repayment  

November 15, 2011

Where Are My Student Loans?

Heather's note:  My thanks to Jeff Hanson for sharing this guest post.  Jeff has a lot of fancy letters after his name, and he knows his stuff! Obtaining Your Student Loan History by Jeffrey E. Hanson, Ph.D. Managing repayment of your student loans will be easier if you have a complete listing of the loans you have borrowed along with information about how much you owe, terms of each loan, and who you must repay. The following information can help you create that comprehensive listing of your loans. Federal Student Loans You can obtain…

By Heather  |  Category:  Student Debt, Student Loan Repayment  

November 7, 2011

Will the President’s Student Loan Initiatives Help You?

On October 25, 2011, the Obama administration announced executive orders designed to assist struggling student loan borrowers in spite of Congressional inaction. The President announced two new student loan initiatives: Pay As You Earn, making the Income-Based Repayment plan more generous for certain borrowers by fast-tracking improvements to the way payments are calculated and reducing the time it takes to earn forgiveness, and “Special” Consolidation Loans providing a modest interest rate reduction for student loan borrowers who have…

By Heather  |  Category:  IBR, Student Debt, Student Loan Repayment