Deceased and still in debt: the student loans that don’t get forgiven

Its not clear how many deceased students Navient is chasing for money but the company has been riddled with controversy   In 2005, Sean Bennett took out a student loan with Sallie Mae, in 2010 he graduated from college and in 2011, when Sean was 23 years old, he died in a car accident. At

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I Call BS On Needing $1 Million To Retire (And Other Bad Retirement ‘Rules’)

Ann Brenoff’s “On The Fly” is a column about navigating growing older ― and a few other things. The big question people always ask when it comes to retirement is “How much money do I need to save to retire comfortably?” And the big answer ― $1 million ― sends many of us into a

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The working poor with the wrong degree!

Most of us do not understand the challenges with taking out student loans.    She could make more by using her skills learned while she was earning her doctorate.  Doctors know how to write well.  A job is not a solution for repaying back a student loan.  Teachers know how to teach and create course

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Why The American Dream No Longer Includes Home Ownership

  Before Karyn Chylewski and her husband got married, they spent several adventurous years together traveling and sharing new experiences. Once the Gen-Xers tied the knot, buying a house seemed like the obvious next step.   “We took a swing at the old American Dream,” she said. “It was super exciting at first … it was

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There are frustrating reasons LGBTQ students are more in debt than their peers.

Through a survey, they found that 60% of LGBTQ students regret taking out student loans, and more than a quarter of respondents feel that their debt is not manageable. Queer students face an uphill battle against student loan debt, falling even further in the debt hole than their peers.

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There’s a reason why you can’t afford to live in America

In this extract of her new book, Guardian columnist Alissa Quart explains how the middle class faces a uniquely American predicament: being squeezed economically and psychologically   Michelle Belmont’s debt haunted her. It was almost unspeakable, but it was a raw relief when anyone asked her about it. She wanted people to hear about her

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Of course US birth rates are falling this is a harsh place to have a family

The US is one of only four countries in the world with no government-subsidized maternity leave while 36% of the workforce are contract laborers with no access to benefits   America’s birth rate has fallen to a 30-year low, let the hand-wringing and finger-pointing begin. It’s those selfish women, wanting careers before kids! Or, gasp,

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Student loans ‘rising to trillion pounds’

                                            Image copyright Getty Images Students are paying artificially high-interest rates, says a cross-party committee The tuition fee system for England’s universities is ripping off students and giving taxpayers poor value for money, says

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