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What If I Cannot Make My Student Loan Payments?

Student loans are one of the most widely held types of debt in the US. An estimated 44 million Americans owe more than $1.4 trillion in higher education debt. For some people with student loans, payments are problematic. The Brookings Institute estimates that 40 percent of student loan debtors will default by 2024. If you are experiencing difficulty paying back your student loans, there may be measures you can take to avoid default. However, your options will vary depending on whether you have private or federal loans. Federal loans. You may be able to lower your payments on federal student loans by enrolling in an income-driven repayment program. These programs limit monthly payments to a percentage of your income. Income-driven programs include the Income-Based Repayment (IBR), Pay As Your Earn (PAYE), Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) and Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR) programs. Eligibility for these programs can vary depending on…
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Five Common Bankruptcy Myths

Bankruptcy is a helpful debt relief option for people struggling with their finances. Common misconceptions about the process may keep people who could benefit from bankruptcy from filing. Some of the most common bankruptcy myths include: Bankruptcy permanently destroys your credit. Your credit scores are not permanent. You can begin to improve your credit scores after bankruptcy by paying your bills or any remaining credit obligations on time. Although bankruptcy will remain on your credit reports for up to ten years, you may still receive offers from lenders if you can show financial stability. Student loans are non-dischargeable. It is very difficult to discharge student loans in bankruptcy, but it is not impossible. You do have to show that repaying the loans would impose an “undue hardship” on you or your dependents. Some bankruptcy filers, such as those with permanent disabilities, may have an easier time showing undue hardship than…
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Seven Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Credit Ratings

Your credit scores are created by using the information that is contained on your three credit reports, which are compiled by Equifax, Transunion and Experian. There are also different types of credit scoring models that are used by various lenders. For example, there are various types of FICO scoring models. VantageScore is also becoming more popular with lenders. Despite the diversity of scoring systems, there are still common factors that can hurt or improve your scores. Making late payments. Creditors could report you to the three credit bureaus if you do not make timely payments on your debt obligations. This may occur after 30, 60, 90 or 120 days. Depending on the creditor, you may not be reported for six or more months. Late payments can seriously harm your credit scores. Overextending your credit. Your credit scores can also be hurt if take out too many lines of credit, especially…
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Should I File for Bankruptcy for Medical Bills?

A story involving a $17,000 post-surgery drug test has made headlines across the country. The story involves a 30-year-old Texas State University student who was billed $17,000 after she took a drug test to show that she was not abusing her pain medication. According to the woman, the laboratory that conducted the testing was out-of-network and billed her excessively for the services she received. Out-of-network hospital bills have become a major financial problem for millions of Americans. Even in cases where you do have insurance and select a hospital that is covered by your insurance, certain specialists or employees may not be covered. You could be stuck paying the remainder of what your insurance will not cover, if it covers anything at all. Many people have filed for bankruptcy to discharge medical bills. Whether you should file for bankruptcy on your medical bills would depend on the circumstances. You could…
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What is a Tax Refund Offset?

Did you know the IRS launched tax season on January 29? Millions of Americans are gearing up to file their taxes, and if everything goes smoothly, receive tax refunds. In 2017, the IRS issued 108,761,000 refunds. However, your tax refund could be offset by the Department of the Treasury or the IRS if you owe government debt. Tax refund offsets can be issued for: Defaulted federal student loans: Your tax refund could be offset if you have defaulted on federal student loans. In this case, the Department of Education would refer your defaulted loans to the Department of the Treasury to initiate a tax refund offset. You are generally considered in default after 270 days of nonpayment. Unpaid child support: You could be subjected to a tax refund offset for unpaid child support. The Office of Child Support Enforcement could refer your unpaid support to the Department of the Treasury….
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