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Understanding Student Loans

If you have federal government loans, they will get discharged. This means that your estate will not have to pay back those student loans. Survivors can apply for a death discharge to cancel a borrower's federal student loans.

The interest rates on federal student loans are prescribed by law and are usually no higher than 8%. There are no limits on interest rates for private student loans, which means they can vary depending on the lender and the borrower.

For higher education, the solution is more value for less money. Student loans, if they are to continue, should be made dischargeable in bankruptcy after five years -- but with the school that received the money on the hook for all or part of the unpaid balance.

The interest rates on private loans are higher.a rule of thumb for loans being no more than 50% of the salary of the targeted job has the advantage of being a simple rule. It is not a bad protocol as long as interest rates remain unusually low.

Student Loans & Bankruptcy

Yes, but it is much more difficult than discharging other types of unsecured debt like credit cards. You have to prove "undue hardship".

Student loans are difficult, but not impossible, to discharge in bankruptcy. To do so, you must show that payment of the debt "will impose an undue hardship on you and your dependents."

Most student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy unless you can prove "undue hardship", but there are a few exceptions to this rule.

Yes. Actually paying off any debt is absolutely worth it. There may be some talks about tax breaks, or other reasons to carry debt, but in reality, that is all hogwash. So, Instead of obligated to someone else for money plus interest? Pay off your debt and move on.

Student Loan Forgiveness Program

There are several job-related discharges that will cancel all or a portion of your federal loan if you work in certain professions, such as teaching. Some states also have loan forgiveness programs.

No. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), student loan amounts forgiven under PSLF are not considered income for tax purposes. For more information, check with the IRS or a tax advisor.

To qualify for this program, you'll have to satisfy each of the following conditions, which includes having both direct federal loan and a guaranteed federal loan, both of your student loans were disbursed in 2008, or later, at least one of your student loans was disbursed in 2011, or later, and your student loans are not in default.

You don't, for the loan forgiveness piece, but you can for the Pay as You Earn Plan. For loan forgiveness, there's no application form to fill out quite yet, likely because no one will be able to qualify for forgiveness until after October 21st, 2031 (at the earliest).

All federal Stafford FFEL and Direct loans except for PLUS loans or consolidation loans are eligible for forgiveness. However, no borrower may receive, for the same service, loan forgiveness under both this program and another federal loan forgiveness program. In essence, there is no double benefit/double dipping allowed.

Loan Repayment

When you start repaying a student loan, you cannot claim a deduction for your entire payment; however, you can deduct the portion that covers your interest charges. Knowing what interest you can deduct and how to report it on your income taxes can reduce the amount of tax you pay at the end of the year.

There are no penalties for early payment on Stafford loans. And while there is a student loan interest deduction you might not get to take as much advantage of if you pay less in interest, it is generally better to not pay the interest and not get the deduction. Unless your savings are earning a significant interest rate (very unlikely currently), paying off at least some of your subsidized loan is likely to be a good move.

Loan Consolidation

Yes but with certain conditions. Borrowers cannot consolidate loans that are an in-school status, but borrowers can still consolidate loans that are in grace, repayment or deferment.

Yes, as long as you are including at least one other FFEL or Direct Loan into the new consolidation.

Borrowers will be able to retain their benefits on subsidized loans when consolidated into the subsidized portion of a consolidation loan.

Student Loan Debt

Debts are obviously bothersome, but blanket forgiveness is worse. Markets, credit and equity investments all fall to pieces if lenders have no reliable expectation of repayment. Just as the state needs to make sure lenders are not usurers, it's also the individual's responsibility to be fiscally prudent.

Yes. Nearly any statistic on the subject points to a college debt crisis, due to easy access and unbridled use of College Loans has led to their meteoric growth with significant consequences for students and the economy as a whole.

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