Average Student Loan Debt: $29,400

At a time when the cost to attend some colleges exceeds $60,000, lower middle income students carry more student loan debt, on average, than students in any other economic group, according to a forthcoming study. About 41 percent of the 4,400 students in the study left school with some level of debt. (Seven out of 10 college seniors who graduated in 2012 had student loan debt, averaging $29,400 per borrower, according to a separate study by the Institute for College Access & Success, up from $26,600 in 2011.) But debt burdens did not decrease steadily as students’ family income rose. The study’s author, Jason Houle, an assistant professor of sociology at Dartmouth, found that students from families earning $40,000 to $59,000 are incurring about $11,000 more in student loan debt than students from families earning less than $40,000. The lower-middle-income students also incurred more debt than students from families earning between $60,000 and $99,000.
Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/which-students-have-highest-student-loan-debt-2D11723568

Which students have the highest student loan debt?

Over the last 10 years, according to its letter to Warren, the Education Department and its inspector general have concluded that Sallie Mae incorrectly billed the department for its services, failed to report certain fees, failed to pay other parties rightful fees, filed untimely claims when borrowers defaulted on their debts, and reported incorrect repayment terms. More broadly, the Education Department wrote, it has found general management and reporting deficiencies as well as due diligence errors. But the Education Department didn’t seem too concerned. James Runcie, Office of Federal Student Aid chief operating officer, described the various findings as compliance issues in the letter. He told Warren, who had asked whether the department would terminate its Sallie Mae contract or fine the company as punishment for wrongdoing, that the issues had not risen to the level where these penalties were considered appropriate, and they were resolved through the implementation of corrective action plans. The Education Department doesnt know how many borrowers were harmed by the destructive practices, it conceded in its letter to Warren. Borrower advocates, such as Deanne Loonin, director of the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project, have claimed that borrowers with federal student debt are routinely treated poorly, with distressed borrowers often receiving treatment that appears to violate at least the spirit of Education Department rules.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/11/education-sallie-mae_n_4428048.html

Tips for Repaying Student Loans

In the years in between, averages are based on information provided voluntarily by colleges. At the same time that debt has been going up, colleges across the country have been hiking tuition and fees and families’ incomes have been shrinking , student loan debt has risen at an average rate of 6% per year from 2008 to 2012, the report found. Google+ Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/04/pf/college/student-loan-debt/index.html

Student loan deal passes Senate

The jobless rate dropped to a http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ five-year low of 7 percent in November as American employers added more workers than forecast. Jonathan Gasthalter, a spokesman for LibreMax with Sard Verbinnen & Co., declined to comment on the fund plans. Investment Universe The size of the student-loan market is about $1 trillion, 10 percent of which is private, LibreMax wrote in the presentation. The size of the funds investment universe is about $10 billion of student loans issued in 2005 to 2007. The firm will typically aim to buy debt whose borrowers are 65 months or more into repayment, according to the presentation.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-10/greg-lippmann-s-libremax-plans-to-start-student-loan-fund.html

Saving For Retirement Vs. Paying Off Student Loans: How To Do Both

If you have several federal loans, consider consolidating , which means combining all of your loans into one monthly payment. You can consolidate private loans as well, but theyll remain separate from any federal loans you might also have, meaning that if you have both federalandprivate loans, the fewest number of payments you would be able to make is two. There are caveats to consolidatingfor instance, it has the potential to lengthen the repayment periodso youll want to consider carefully whether its the right move for you (the Student Aid checklist can help with that). If you do want to consolidate, apply through the governments Borrower Services website . 3. Portion Out Your Budget.The 50/20/30 rule tells us that at least 20% of our budgets should be dedicated to our financial prioritiesthe payments that build a secure financial future, like loan repayments and retirement savings.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/12/11/saving-for-retirement-vs-paying-off-student-loans-how-to-do-both/

Education Department Finds Numerous Problems At Sallie Mae, Levies No Fines

It only affects Stafford loans, which are made by the U.S. government to help finance a college education. Students can apply through their university financial aid office. The loans are limited to no more than $5,500, for a mix of subsidized and unsubsidized loans for the freshmen year and $7,500 for juniors and above. On July 1, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4% to 6.8%. The rate hike affected 7.4 million students.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/24/news/economy/senate-student-loans/index.html

Greg Lippmann’s LibreMax Plans to Start Student Loan Fund

Weatherford plans to put about $538 toward paying off the loans, on which he pays 5% interest. He estimates that about $700 of his monthly earnings go toward rent and utilities, leaving him about $1,000 for everything else, he says. To minimize expenses, Mr. Weatherford says he prioritizes essentials like gas and furniture over social outings. Rather than dining out, he frequently opts to eat the food in the fridge. Torie Olson, 23 Marquette University, 13; Master of Science in Accounting Total Student Debt: $43,000 in federal loans Debt-Free Target Date: 10 years Ms.
Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2013/12/11/tips-for-repaying-student-loans/

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