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How to Protect Your Credit and Online Data From Fraud—A Year After The Equifax Breach

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What’s the Difference Between Federal Student Loan Consolidation and a "Private Consolidation Loan"?

 

If there’s anything clear about student loans, it’s that the terminology associated with student loans is often far from clear.  Take the words “consolidate” and “refinance,” for example.  Both of these fall into the category of “things you can potentially do with your student loans” and as a result they’re often used interchangeably.  But the terms can have different implications based on the context in which they’re being used.

So here’s the scoop:

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How to Melt Your Student Loans This Summer

Summer is officially upon us, and with it the promise of warm sunshine, longer days and happy memories.  But if you’re one of the 37 million Americans with student loans, that debt can feel like a constant storm cloud over your head – no matter what the weather outside may be.

Rather than let another lazy summer pass you by, why not use the next few months to make a dent in your education debt?  Research shows that you’re more likely to achieve your objectives when they’re specific, measurable and time-bound, making summer the perfect time to set goals and see some progress by the time fall rolls around.   And it doesn’t take much – when it comes to reducing your loan balance, a few small changes can have a big impact.

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Income Based Repayment Won’t Solve the Student Loan Crisis

When President Obama delivered new rules on income based repayment (IBR) for a limited group of borrowers back in 2013, we wrote about the shortcomings of that program. This week, the President extended the new IBR program to cover all borrowers, effective in 2015. It’s the same program as before, and while it can provide payment relief to some borrowers, it has some serious drawbacks. Notably:

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What Borrowers Need to Know About Rising Grad School Student Loan Debt

Despite all of the conversation the student loan crisis has inspired in recent years, one important piece of the puzzle has often been missing from the dialogue.

While most of the headlines have focused on undergraduate student debt and borrowers, the percentage of graduate student loans has been steadily and stealthily increasing.   Today more people take on a larger amount of debt for master’s, MBA, law, medical and dental programs than ever before.

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