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A 6 Step Guide To Getting Relief On Private Student Loans


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Sheryl S

Sheryl believes education should be designed to advance someones skill-set without being burdened with large amounts of debt.She writes on the topic of education and the impact it has on our society.She has been writing for Challengestudentdebt.com for a little over a year.

Thousands Caused Hardship By Education Fraud Have The Right To Fight Back

Consumers who have been duped, scammed, hustled and the like by schools across the country can now work towards a reduction on their private student loans.

Federal regulators have recently been investigating many for profit schools and lenders in the education space.  Evidence has been uncovered that shows that many of them have been violating consumer protection laws for years. Violations like misleading consumers on the true cost of the program, not being clear on loan documents and over promising on income levels and job placement to convince consumers to enroll. These are just a few of the many practices that have been uncovered.

Consumers who have experienced practices like this or the like and who are also experiencing hardship, with the right knowledge and expertise can get a reduction in their private student debt, interest and principal.  In unique cases they could get their debt fully discharged.

Today, we are going to pull back the curtain with a step by step guide on how to go about challenging private student loans. It is just a guide and should not be considered legal advice. It is recommended to get expert help when challenging debt, but technically it is something that can be done by every consumer.

Step 1: Verifying Hardship

First, along with experiencing education fraud, the distressed borrower needs to be in a state of hardship, meaning the ratio of debt to the amount of income earned is lopsided in such a way that the payments demanded by the creditor are impractical.  One way to check for hardship is to divide the total student debt (private and federal) by the amount of yearly gross income.  If that number is higher than 40%, the borrower would be considered in hardship.

Step 2 – Deciding To Stop Paying Creditor

Next the borrower has to decide if they want to continue paying the creditor or not.  When the borrower is paying, creditors will never take any hardship situation seriously and keep demanding payments.  The reality is, if the borrower is truly in hardship due education fraud, they would not be able to make the payments on the debt.

Step 3 – Send A Letter To Creditor Stating Hardship Case

It is also a good practice to send a letter in to the creditor stating the nature of education fraud and hardship that is being experienced and that the current structure of the loan is not something that can be paid on.

Step 4: Understanding The Creditors Reaction

Each creditor reacts to a hardship case in different ways.

Even when the borrower stops paying, some creditors will not believe there is a a hardship situation and use aggressive and bullying type tactics to try and collect.  Especially if they know if the borrower is managing this process on their own.  Not only will they harass the borrower, they will call the cosigners and any body else they can find that may be related.  However, with some knowledge of the Fair Debt Collections Practices the borrower can verbally and if necessary in writing, get the creditor to stop the harasssment.

If intimidation does not seem to work to get the borrower to take action, some creditors may take it even further and threaten legal action.  Usually this is just a threat and they use a lot of legal jargon as a scare tactic.  However, even if they do sue, if the borrower is truly in hardship and went through education fraud, they will most likely have a favorable outcome in court.

In other cases, the creditor may decide it does not want to deal with the debt anymore and will sell the debt off to a collection company.  Although being in collections sounds bad, it is actually a good thing.  In many cases that creditor has sold the debt to that collector at a deep discount, thus improving the borrowers chances of getting a reduction on the debt.

If done correctly, usually 6 months to 24 months after the borrower has stopped paying on the debt, the creditor will start making offers. Having experience in this area can go a long way in getting a favorable outcome.

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Step 5: Understanding How Much Can Be Saved

How much can be saved varies on the education fraud and hardship level and the expertise of the person negotiating the debt reduction.  Although it may be easy for the borrower to know what kind of hardship they are going through, the lender will still try to negotiate for their best interest.   In some cases a borrower may accept a 10% reduction, when an expert negotiator could have gotten much more.   Knowing consumer laws and how to deal with the creditor is key to negotiation success.

In addition, it is also recommended to have some money saved up as a negotiation tactic and to show you are serious about the new arrangement.

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A good settlement would be considered a reduction in interest by at least half, a payment plan that is affordable for the borrower and a 50% or more reduction in debt.  An average one would a 30% reduction in debt, some interest reduction and an affordable payment plan.

Step 6: Knowing The Risks Involved

Credit Score Risk

The one risk that every borrower is concerned about is credit score risk. For those borrowers that have already missed payments or are already behind on their payments, their credit score has probably already been impacted.  For those current on their debt payments, there may be some impact on the credit score, but one has to weigh the temporary credit score impact against the long term financial gain.

The fact is, the negotiation usually takes less than 24 months and when that is complete and the borrower starts paying on the new terms, each payment made on under the new terms will have a positive impact on their credit score.

Borrowers who are concerned about their credit score because they want to buy a house or car should consider using the money they have saved for those items as leverage to negotiate their private student debt down even further, rather than taking on more debt.

For those worried about their credit score for rental or job applications, usually a simple explanation of why your student debt is being disputed is enough to get past that issue.

Not Getting The Deal In Writing Risk

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Creditors are known for offering up deals that sound enticing to the borrower, but when it comes to finalizing the offer, they will not put it in writing.  This is usually a tactic to get the borrower to start making some sort of payment.  When they do offer something in writing it is advised that an expert or an attorney review the offer before signing.

Not Knowing Negotiation Tactics Risk

As mentioned, having knowledge of creditor negotiation and consumer laws can go a long way.   When to take an offer and when to reject an offer is a slippery slope.  In some cases rejecting an offer may cause more harm than good.  If the creditor makes a favorable offer and the borrower rejects it, the creditor may move to legal action.  Something that could have been avoided may now cost the borrower considerable time and money.

Getting Sued Risk

Earlier, the possibility of getting sued was discussed and this is a real possibility.  The outcome can still be favorable when sued, but it is important for the borrower to realize, they will most likely need legal help.  Most attorneys ask for a retainer and charge somewhere around $400 an hour.  Most also don’t provide any guarantee on the outcome of your debt.

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“During my attendance at a very recognized for-profit scam school, when it was time to renew loans for the next year, they would wait until you have begun the new semester, then call you down to the financial aid department, put the new loan papers in front of you, and tell you to sign it or you would have to go home immediately. After I had graduated, my interest rates on all of my loans went up to the max.  My mind is it ease, now that I found help with Challenge Studet Debt” – Jonathan – Belton, MO

“The scam school I went to never told me about the financial burden I was taking on.  It may have been in the fine print, but I had no idea what it meant.  All of my loans added up to around 35% of my monthly net income but, I could not get them reduced. I had to get help from my family in order to make it, before I found Challenge Student Debt” – Betsy – New Oxford, PA

“The scam school my son went to gave him private student loans by merely by giving his signature, and since it was one of those “for profit colleges” who claimed he could transfer credits and he could not, none of his courses will be able to benefit him should he ever attend another college. The collectors were hounding him every day of the week, and at all hours and the worst part of all of this would be that they were expected him to make monthly payments of $1,000.00, which was a joke.  Thanks to Challenge Student Debt, this has all changed.” – Margaret – Tuscon, AZ

“I still feel that I have been taken advantage of by the scam school I went to.  When I signed up for college and financial aid through an online college I was swept off my feet by a nice talking person that appeared to want to help me, and seemed genuinely interested in my welfare. They talked me into a world of hope and promise, but later on down the line I realized it was just part of their job.  Thanks goodness I found Challenge Student Debt to help make my financial life more managable ” – Michael – Clay, NY

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