The Impact of the Federal Interest and Payment Freeze on Loan Forgiveness

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The Coronavirus pandemic has caused the federal government to take unprecedented steps to help borrowers manage their debt. In March, the CARES Act became law, and the interest rates on federally held student loans were set to 0%, and payments were deferred until September 30th, 2020. In August, President Trump …

Is it a Mistake to Refinance Student Loans During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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Covid-19 has had a profound impact on many aspects of our lives. Managing student loans is no exception. The fast-changing economic conditions have had a significant influence on the student loan refinance process. Due to these changes, many borrowers may want to delay refinancing their student loans, as it could …

Trump Freezes Student Loan Interest: The Details We Know So Far

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On Friday, March 13, President Trump announced that he was pausing student loan interest “until further notice” to help support a slumping economy. At this point, many of the details are still being worked out. The Department of Education is awaiting instructions from the White House while the nine federal …

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The College Affordability Act is a Game Changer, Especially for Parents

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This week the House Democrats introduced the College Affordability Act of 2019. The news may have gotten buried beneath the many other headlines out of Washington, but the significance of the College Affordability Act should not be overlooked. Even if the bill does not get through Congress, it is a …

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Student Loan News Archive 2013

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The fundamental goal of the Student Loan Sherpa is to be a resource for student loan borrowers. That means providing up to date insight and guidance as the rules change and evolve. It also means reporting the latest news and developments in the world of student loans. Things get tricky …

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The Cost of Waiting for Elizabeth Warren to Forgive all Student Loans

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published May 29, 2019.  It has been updated to include new information and analysis on Warren’s student loan forgiveness proposal currently in the Senate. Now that Elizabeth Warren has proposed forgiving most student loan balances below $50,000, some borrowers are considering put a halt …

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CFPB Organization Shuffle Could Mean Sweetheart Deal For Navient

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In January of 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau aggressively went after federal student loan servicer Navient.  “At every stage of repayment, Navient chose to shortcut and deceive consumers to save on operating costs. Too many borrowers paid more for their loans because Navient illegally cheated them and today’s action seeks …