Paging Elizabeth Warren: Student Loan Providers Are Likely Screwing You Over

This maximizes late fees and can exacerbate the negative impact of a single late payment to the borrowers credit profile, Chopra said. Borrowers also encountered problems when their loans were transferred to another servicing company. These complaints included lost paperwork, processing errors that resulted in late fees and interruptions to routine communication, such as billing statements. For this report, the CFPB analyzed more than 3,800 complaints about private student loans received between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept.
Source: http://www.today.com/money/student-loan-borrowers-face-payment-processing-pitfalls-8C11415970

Student Loans Discharged in Bankruptcy

It can take two decades to pay off a student loan, especially if using the extended payment plan. Many young people have found themselves in a world of trouble and debt now that they have graduated and their first real job may not be paying the bills. They don’t want to default on their student loans. Some are turning to drastic measures like selling plasma or working extra part-time jobs at minimum wage just to make the monthly bills. Others are using the world’s online marketplace to hold a virtual garage sale 24/7, and making money doing it. Where do you find things to sell on eBay?
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/how-to-pay-off-student-loans-learn-to-sell-unwanted-junk-on-ebay

Under Section 523(a)(8), student loans are not dischargeable unless they impose an undue hardship on the debtor, which the debtor bears the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence. While undue hardship is not defined by the Bankruptcy Code, the BAP said that in the Eighth Circuit, a totality of the circumstances test is used. The BAP said that this test has three factors, which are: (1) the debtors past, present, and reasonably reliable future financial resources; (2) the debtors reasonable and necessary living expenses; and (3) any other relevant facts and circumstances. The debtor stipulated that her income, which fluctuated due to seasonal hours of operation at one of her jobs, was between $1,379 and $2,040 in 2012. She argued that her income was unlikely to increase in the future and testified that despite sending out more than 200 job applications she had been unable to find full-time employment commensurate with her education level. However, the bankruptcy court found the debtor to be articulate, poised, intelligent, and quite capable and concluded that she had ample to time to find the financial resources to pay NCSLT in the future.
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/student-loans-discharged-bankruptcy

The entire process of paying off loans early is fraught with confusion on where the money goes after the borrower turns it in to the servicer. Borrowers often have several loans that they consolidate into a single account. The loans have different balances and interest rates. It would make financial sense for the borrower to pay off the loans president Obama on student loans with the highest interest rate first. But even when they send payments with explicit instructions to that effect, the servicer often does not follow the instructions, applying the payments in any way it sees fit.
Source: http://www.salon.com/2013/10/23/paging_elizabeth_warren_student_loan_providers_are_likely_screwing_you_over/

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