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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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Five Common Student Loan Debt Myths You Should Watch Out For

If you have student loan debt and have been researching options to mitigate or get rid of it, don’t let these common student loan debt myths fool you: Debunking Common Student Loan Debt Myths Myth 1: Student Loan Consolidation Will Lower My Interest Rate Consolidating your loans will not likely result in a lower interest rate. A Federal Direct Consolidation Loan will apply a fixed, or stable interest rate to your loan, so you will have the same interest rate for the entirety of your loan. Your new interest rate will be a weighted average of the interest rates on your previous loans. Myth 2: I Can Simply Stop Paying My Student Loans When They Become Too Burdensome No. Unfortunately, this statement is not true. The consequences of stopping your loan payments depend on the type of loan you have. If your loan becomes classified as default or sent to…
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