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Can I erase my student loans by filing for bankruptcy?

A: For the most part, student loans cannot be discharged by filing for bankruptcy, whether or not they are nonprofit-backed or government-backed loans; the only exception is if you can prove that paying back the student loan will cause an … Continue reading

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Should I apply for student loans if I haven't finished applying for scholarships and grants?

A: Applying for scholarships and grants should be your first plan of action when trying to pay for college, because unlike student loans, they don’t need to be repaid. There are many scholarships and grants that can be obtained by … Continue reading

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Why are private student loans generally more expensive than federal loans?

A: Private loans are generally more expensive than federal ones because a federal student loan is funded by the federal government. A private student loan is funded by a bank, credit union or other lender and does not have as … Continue reading

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When Refinancing Your Student Loans Can Backfire

If you’re looking for a way to make your student loan payments more affordable, chances are you’ve looked into or heard of student loan refinancing options. Borrowers with federal student loans can refinance by taking out a Direct Consolidation Loan, … Continue reading

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Is Student Loan Debt Really Delaying Homeownership?

Student loan debt has ballooned to more than $1 trillion in the U.S. But, despite what you’ve probably read, the student loan burden isn’t killing homeownership for young adults. According to Liz Weston of Reuters, student loan debt is just … Continue reading

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COLUMN-Excuse-free guide to student loan repayment

(The author is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.) By Liz Weston LOS ANGELES, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The six-month grace period for many student loans is about to expire for new college graduates. If the past … Continue reading

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Who Pulls the Strings on Your Student Loans?

The call came after we’d already gone to bed. Our younger child—who was working at a summer job a couple of states away—was crying so hard we could hardly make out what she was trying to tell us. It was … Continue reading

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Is Federal Student Loan Consolidation Right for You?

If you took out student loans during most of your college career, odds are you ended up (or will end up) with a bunch of individual loans. This could cause lots of confusion, involving everything from your repayment options to … Continue reading

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Sharia student loans are flawed, but it's not just Muslims being let down by the government's tuition fees obsession

The government’s addiction to its tuition fees policy has stopped thousands of would-be Muslim students going to university. Now its attempt to fix the problem by providing a sharia-compliant alternative is in danger of backfiring. That, at least, is the … Continue reading

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Figures of government profit from student loans misleading

Despite the hysteria being propagated by some circles in Washington, D.C., the government is not making a profit from student loans, or at least not a profit that is substantial. It’s very popular to criticize the government, especially if you’re … Continue reading

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