Larry Troy

Not Everyone Has $100,000 In Student Loan Debt, But That Doesn’t Mean There’s Not A Problem

Horror stories about student loan debt have dominated the headlines in recent years. Many feature consumers with hefty loan tabs of more than $100,000, however, those experiences aren’t necessarily representative of the student loan landscape as a whole. But, just because you’re not bleeding to death, doesn’t mean you’re not bleeding. And just because most borrowers have $10,000 or less in debt doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting. [More]

Expected Bill Would Allow Private Student Loan Debt To Be Discharged In Bankruptcy

Expected Bill Would Allow Private Student Loan Debt To Be Discharged In Bankruptcy

If at first you don’t succeed, try again with a more drastic measure. Just two weeks after a bill to allow private student loan borrowers to refinance at lower interest rates failed to gain traction in the Senate, a new bill expected to be introduced this week takes things a step farther. [More]

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FAFSA Twitter Account Sorry For Posting “I’m Poor” Tweet Aimed At Financial Aid Applicants

You know what isn’t always that funny to people who can’t afford say, college? Calling them out for being poor on social media. Oh, hello, Federal Student Aid’s twitter account. You seem to have made a mistake in that area. [More]

For-Profit Corinthian Colleges To Sell Off Campuses, Phase Out Programs

For-Profit Corinthian Colleges To Sell Off Campuses, Phase Out Programs

Corinthian Colleges, the company that operates for-profit education chains like WyoTech, Everest, Heald Colleges, and others has been the subject of both state and federal investigations that have kept it from opening up any new campuses. Today, Corinthian announced it’s working on a deal with the U.S. Dept. of Education that would keep its schools operating while it sells off a number of campuses and phases out others. [More]

Report: Millennials Feel Overwhelmed By Debt, But They See A Bright Future Ahead

Report: Millennials Feel Overwhelmed By Debt, But They See A Bright Future Ahead

In news that is in no way shocking, millennials say they are overwhelmed by debt. [More]

Bill To Allow Students To Refinance Private And Federal Loans Dies After Senate Debate

Bill To Allow Students To Refinance Private And Federal Loans Dies After Senate Debate

A bill to allow consumers to refinance their student loans to the rate currently being issued on new federal and private student loans succumbed to a painful death on the Senate floor Wednesday despite being championed by consumer advocates. [More]

Executive Order Would Expand Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Program To 5 Million Additional Consumers

Executive Order Would Expand Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Program To 5 Million Additional Consumers

College students and graduates weighed down by crushing student loan debt can expect a little help in repaying those loans with the forthcoming expansion of the Pay As You Earn initiative. [More]

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For-Profit Schools Are More Flexible & Convenient Than Community Colleges, But Can Land You In Debt Hell

Whether it’s for financial, academic or personal reasons, a traditional four-year college isn’t in the cards for everyone. Community colleges have long offered the opportunity for people to get started (or restart) their education without having to go into debt, so why have so many Americans recently opted for more expensive for-profit colleges that are regularly criticized for spending more on acquiring students than they do on teaching them? [More]

Here Are Two Graphs Any Parent Of A College-Bound Kid Didn’t Want To See Today

Here Are Two Graphs Any Parent Of A College-Bound Kid Didn’t Want To See Today

As we’ve mentioned numerous times over the last few years, college tuition costs have skyrocketed during the past two decades, far outpacing inflation and saddling an entire generation of college-educated Americans with student loan debt that can take many years to pay off. All the while, college graduates aren’t making as much as they did when college was more affordable. Surely the trend of soaring college costs has to level out, right? [More]

How To Not Suck At Making The Transition From School To The Real World

How To Not Suck At Making The Transition From School To The Real World

All around the country, people who’ve never had a full-time job or paid their own way are going to be pushed out of safe bosom of school. Maybe you’re one of them. Well, now that you’re done with your cap and gown and you have a diploma in your hand, it’s time to join the rest of us in the real world. [More]

College-Educated Consumers With Student Debt Have Median Net Worth Of Just $8,700

College-Educated Consumers With Student Debt Have Median Net Worth Of Just $8,700

It’s no surprise that most college graduates leave with a degree and an excessive amount of student debt. But what was once promoted as a gateway to a better life has left graduates under 40 with lower accumulated wealth and a lower level of satisfaction in their financial situation. [More]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Introduces Legislation To Allow Refinancing Of Many Student Loans

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Introduces Legislation To Allow Refinancing Of Many Student Loans

Students who took out their first federal student loan this past fall will someday be glad that they are only paying 3.86%. Just ask those of us whose loans were nearly double that percentage. But a new bill introduced in the Senate today by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren would allow student loan borrowers to refinance at the rates set for new borrowers by last year’s legislation. [More]

Proposed Bill Would Eliminate Automatic Default For Private Student Loans

Proposed Bill Would Eliminate Automatic Default For Private Student Loans

Between finding a job, finding a place to live, paying bills, and generally being an adult for the first time in their lives, many recent college graduates face a slew of challenges. One thing they shouldn’t have to think about is automatically defaulting on a student loan when a co-signer dies or files for bankruptcy. Today, legislators proposed a bill to protect consumers from getting stuck in this trap. [More]

Student Loan Forgiveness Plans Could Be A Victim Of Their Own Success

Student Loan Forgiveness Plans Could Be A Victim Of Their Own Success

Student loan debt in the U.S. currently totals more than $1 trillion, with some predicting it will only get worse as tuition increases continue to outpace inflation. Recently launched federal student loan forgiveness programs were intended to provide relief to some of these borrowers, but the plans’ unexpected popularity has created a new set of concerns. [More]

Private Student Loan Borrowers Face Automatic Default Because Of Co-Signer Provisions

Private Student Loan Borrowers Face Automatic Default Because Of Co-Signer Provisions

College graduates with private student loans know the importance of staying current on their payments. But a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that even consumers who pay their loans on time are finding themselves placed in default when the co-signer of their loan dies or declares bankruptcy. [More]

Michigan Town Foots The Bill To Send Students To State Universities, Community Colleges

Michigan Town Foots The Bill To Send Students To State Universities, Community Colleges

Community is defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. For one Michigan city that characteristic would be generosity, as in the $50 million anonymous donors have spent to send the town’s high school graduates to college. [More]

Graduates Get Help Paying Student Loan Debt By Volunteering

Graduates Get Help Paying Student Loan Debt By Volunteering

Graduates facing thousands of dollars in student loan debt often feel there is no relief in sight. However, a number of organizations and programs are popping up and aiming to take some of the burden in repaying massive student debt loans off young professional’s plates. [More]

‘Know Before You Owe’ Act Aims To Provide Clear Disclosures For Private Student Loans

‘Know Before You Owe’ Act Aims To Provide Clear Disclosures For Private Student Loans

With many incoming college students unable to afford rising tuition costs, and low-cost federal loans only providing some assistance, private student loans have become a necessary evil for some in recent years. But those higher-interest loans are leading to increased levels of debt among young Americans. Lawmakers are once again promoting a long talked-about bill to protect students. [More]