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Borrowers who are employed full-time in qualifying jobs in the public service sector may have their remaining student loan debt forgiven after just 10 years in the income-based repayment program and this forgiveness would be tax-free thanks to a ruling from the U.S. Treasury last year. Qualifying for Income-Based Repayment To find out if you qualify for income-based repayment on your federal college loans youll need to contact your lender and provide information about your financial situation - youll need to demonstrate "partial financial hardship" as defined by federal regulations. Only federal Stafford and Grad PLUS student loans in good standing along with consolidations of these college loans are eligible for income-based repayment. Federal Perkins loans are eligible only if theyve been included in a federal student loan consolidation.
The debt from any co-signed loans will also remain on your credit report as an open obligation until the debt is repaid (or written off in the event of a default). 4 Tips for Protecting Yourself as a Co-Signer on a Student Loan So should you co-sign on a student loan? You can never predict the future and unfortunate circumstances can derail even the best-intentioned and responsible student borrower. If you do decide to co-sign on a loan (or any other loan for that matter) make sure you clearly understand what your responsibilities are and under what circumstances you would be expected to take over the note: 1) Have a firm understanding with your primary borrower about the repayment plan -- you may even want to consider putting a signed written agreement in place between the two of you -- and stay in contact with the lender to make sure that the monthly loan payments are being received on time and as agreed. If your primary borrower misses a payment date contact her or him immediately to discuss the problem.
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Without any special dispensations from the lender private student loans will generally remain in repayment until the note is satisfied or charged off as a default no matter how long the repayment process takes. The Legal Implications of Co-Signing on Student Loans A loan co-signer has all the same legal responsibilities as the primary loan borrower and has a legal obligation to repay the loan debt under the same terms as the primary borrower. The co-signer is really a co-borrower and is equally responsible for repaying the co-signed loans. Unfortunately too many co-borrowers realize this truth very late in the game. If youve co-signed on someones loans and your primary borrower makes all of her or his payments on the loan on time and as planned you may never hear from the lender.
The collections agencies get a commission on collected debt and are often owned by the very entity that originated the loans i.e. Sallie Mae. The Building of the Student Debt Prison. Prior to 1976 student loans were dischargeable in bankruptcy without any constraints. Of course if you look back at statistics from that time there wasnt much student debt to speak of. When the US Bankruptcy Code was enacted in 1978 the ability to discharge student loans was narrowed. Back then in order to have your loans discharged you had to be in repayment for 5 years or prove that such a repayment would constitute an undue hardship. The rationale for narrowing the discharge was that it would damage the student loan system as student debtors flocked to bankruptcy to have their debt discharged.