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2) Work with the lender to ensure that you receive duplicate copies of monthly statements and periodically check your credit report to make sure your credit is still in good standing. Also bear in mind that being a co-signer on an outstanding loan may reduce your overall creditworthiness since the loan debt will be viewed as a liability. 3) If your primary borrower communicates to you that s/he is having difficulty making the monthly loan payments contact the lender immediately. For federal college loans ask about your loan deferment and forbearance options. Private student loans generally dont offer the same deferment and forbearance benefits as federal student loans but some private student loan lenders may be willing to discuss a deferred payment arrangement or alternative payment plan.
If your primary borrower starts missing payments or payment due dates however the lender will contact you. Normally by the time the lender is contacting you the loan youve co-signed is already past due and your credit rating may have already taken a hit. Keep in mind too that any legal remedies a lender has at its disposal for pursuing a loan debt can also be applied to the co-signer. These legal remedies include assignment of the delinquent loan account to a debt collection service and a possible court action. For delinquent federal education loans the government may seek to garnish your wages or seize any income tax refunds you have coming your way. In addition delinquencies or a default on any loans on which youve co-signed will appear on your own credit report with all the same adverse effects as on the primary borrowers credit report.
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