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Enrolled in Income-Driven Repayment? Avoid This Nightmarish Student Loan Repayment Mistake

We have blogged extensively about income-driven repayment plans (IDR) plans for eligible federal student loan borrowers. The Department of Education offers four income-driven repayment plans to eligible borrowers; Income-Based Repayment (IBR), Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR), Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE). Each plan has different requirements and repayment structures. However, there is a universal rule for all four plans – you must recertify your income each year. Some people forget to recertify, and the consequences are horrific. Income-driven plans limit your monthly payments to a percentage of your discretionary income. For instance, let’s say that you earn $37,000 a year, are enrolled in the IBR plan, and pay $117 each month on a $75,000 student loan balance. If you failed to recertify by the due date, then your payments could revert to what they were under the standard 10-year repayment plan. This means you could…
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Jobs That Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness

Private and federal student loan debt currently stands at $1.6 trillion. Many borrowers struggle to make payments, and some studies suggest the default rate on federal loans could hit 40 percent by 2023. However, there are many payment options that can help federal student loan borrowers avoid default. There are also programs in place that can help federal borrowers receive loan forgiveness for working in certain types of jobs. Below, we have included more information about the types of jobs that qualify for forgiveness under certain programs. Federal, State and Local Jobs If you work for a federal, state or local entity, then you may qualify for the Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Examples of qualifying jobs could include working for the FBI, CIA, state legislature or as a police officer for a municipality. However, there are additional requirements that are notorious for creating confusion. For…
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How to Stay on Top of Your Federal Student Loans

Federal student loans are held by millions of people in the United States. However, the default rates on these loans continue to increase. In fact, the Brookings Institution argues that nearly 40 percent of federal loan borrowers could default by 2023. What many borrowers may not realize is that federal student loans have multiple repayment programs and tools that can prevent default. There are also loan forgiveness options for federal student loans. When attorneys Neil Sader and Michael Wambolt penned an article for Primerus Paradigm on federal loans, they emphasized that “what you owe is less important than what you know.” You must know which types of federal loans you carry to take advantage of these programs. Using the National Student Loan Data System The Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Office (FSA) maintains the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). You can access your federal student loan data by…
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