“they Say Privatise, We Say Organise”: Uon Students Protest Against Student Loan Sell Off

Tyler was 22 when I first met him, and he was studying to get his masters degree in special education. He told me he took his classes online, which led me to assume that he already had some job in the field that made it difficult for him to attend classes in person. It was only through further conversation that I realized he actually had two part-time jobs: one a retail position and the other at a gym. He lived at home, and seemed overwhelmed with the amount of school work he had on his plate. This left me wondering: if, after graduating, the closest thing you can get to a job in education is to work in retail, what reason is there to think another two or three years and another $50,000 or so will yield radically different results?
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/thecollegebubble/2014/03/14/student-loan-interest-compounding-the-problem/

Student loan repayment troubles? Don’t delay

James, one of the protesters, said that the point is for people to start paying attention, a lot of students dont realise their loans are going to increase we want to build a student movement. This wall of student debt is your future. Scott Jennings and Duncan Davis, who helped organise the event, told Impact: This is a visual stunt to show student debt and our future; debt accumulating and debt sold off. We are keeping on the pressure. Yes the SU policy (is opposed to the sell off) but they havent done anything The other issue is that the student loans contract basically says it can be re-written. Obviously this is a really small and petty protest on day the Chancellor delivers a budget for hardworking people. Popular protest chants included: They say privatise, we say organise and Stop the sell off, as well as David Cameron screw you, we deserve a future too. Sam Armstrong, from Nottingham University Conservative Association, remarked Obviously this is a really small and petty protest on day the Chancellor delivers a budget for hardworking people. Callum McGregor, Communications Officer for Nottingham Young Greens and UoN campaigner against the privatisation of student loans, said: This sell off is fundamentally unfair, it will reduce access to education and impact already struggling students and graduates.
Source: http://www.impactnottingham.com/2014/03/they-say-privatise-we-say-organise-uon-students-protest-against-student-loan-sell-off/

Forbearance means you can make reduced payments for a time; for example, while you are ill or if your monthly payments total more than 20 percent of your monthly income. In some cases, forbearance means you can stop making payments for a time. Interest continues to accrue during this time. Another place you can seek relief is from the court that approved the garnishment. Rules vary by state, but your creditor should have given you advance notice before garnishment. moved here Now that they are garnishing your pay, your options are more limited.
Source: http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/student-loan-bankruptcy-wage-garnishement-1294.php

– Click Here Dear Beau, I hear you. Your situation is life-crushing but common among the people who contact me for help. When student loan debt begins to crush your life and rob you of the ability to save for retirement, action needs to be taken. What strikes me in general about your situation is the federal loans should be wisely consolidated in an Income Based Repayment program and an Income Contingent Repayment program for the PLUS loan. Those will give you the lowest payments available right now.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-rhode/my-student-loans-take-hal_b_4981331.html

Uh-oh! The Student Loan Crisis Is Even Worse Than You Think

Interestingly, there were no industry benchmarks against which these particular servicers’ default prevention efforts could be measured. The data is instead compared within that 15-member pool, which undermines the metric’s usefulness. The second reason for my bet has to do with the extent to which the servicers are beholden to others. Several for- and not-for-profit loan servicing companies have successfully securitized portions of the government-backed and private student loans they currently administer. So when seriously troubled loans require restructuring (extensions of repayment terms) or modification (reduction in principal balance, abatement of interest rate), it would be fair to speculate that the servicers are reticent to take actions that run contrary to their investors’ interests. This situation is likely to deteriorate even further as new firms stream into the so-called servicing-rights marketplace, which is all the more reason for a national standard to govern the administration of these debts.
Source: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/03/19/student-loan-crisis-worse-than-you-think/

Why the student loan problem is even worse than you think

On average, a little over 7% of all outstanding consumer debt obligations are in some stage of delinquency (30 or more days past due), and roughly 70% of those are seriously so (90 or more days past due). The executive summary also notes that student loan balances that are 90 or more days past due represent 11.5% of the total outstanding. Sure, its a troubling metric. But when the FRBNY juxtaposes that amount with the 9.5% of comparably delinquent (and equally uncollateralized) credit card debt, it doesnt seem so out of whackuntil you dig a little deeper. Unlike credit card balances, not all outstanding student loans are due at any given moment in time.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-student-loan-problem-even-120047192.html

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