Questions About Student Loans in New York
When and why do students get loans?
With the high cost of tuition and expenses and both public and private
universities, many students must borrow student loans to finance their
education. For some students, federal student loans do not cover the full
cost, so they resort to borrowing private student loans. Private borrowers
with sub-par credit may be required to have a co-signer in order to become
eligible. This creates a situation where a family member or friend becomes
equally liable on the borrowers loan in the event of default.
Why aren't people able to pay off their student loans ?
There are many reasons why people fall behind on their student loan obligations.
For recent graduates, it may be difficult to find employment that offers
enough compensation to cover the monthly loan payments. Even for graduates
that find employment in their field of study, the income oftentimes still
does not cover the minimum repayment on the loans. Some people never complete
the education for a variety of reasons.
Private student loans do not offer the same grace period, deferment, and forbearance options
which are available on most federal loans.
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What to do when
sued for student loan debt?
Private lenders are bringing large amounts of lawsuits against student
loan borrowers and their co-signers. Responding promptly, and in accordance
with New York Civil Procedure, is the first step to ensuring that a default
judgment is avoided. Analyzing the Plaintiff's evidence can help identify
possible points of contention, which can increase the leverage to negotiate a
lawsuit settlement. It's important to defend student loan cases vigorously in order to
ensure that the borrowers rights are being fully asserted.
settle my student loans?
If a student loan has been assigned to a collection agency, there is a
possibility that the loans can be negotiated. Depending on the circumstances,
private student loans can be settled for a substantial reduction. Examples of private lenders and assignees are:
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Arrowood Indemnity. However, when settlements on government loans are approved, they are
oftentimes limited to discounting a portion of the interest and collection
fees, and as such, the savings may not be sizable.
Who is the
best student loan lawyer?
The best lawyer for your student loans is an attorney that has the perspective
and track-record of resolving loan problems that parallel your situation.
Attorneys oftentimes specialize in different areas. For example, an attorney
that is well versed in defending lawsuits might not be in the business
of negotiating pre-litigation settlements, and vice versa. At the Law
Office of Simon Goldenberg PLLC, we regularly assist people across New
York with defending collection lawsuits, negotiating settlements in all
phases of default (pre-litigation, in litigation, and post-litigation),
as well as navigating options to resolve defaulted federal loans. Our numerous
client reviews speak to the great work that we do, and we also offer flexible payment
plans where possible. When choosing the
best student debt lawyer, it's not only important to be attuned to the cost of the legal fee,
but it's also very important to make sure that you are working with
a law firm that has an excellent reputation in the area of student debt relief.
What is a
student loan rehabilitation?
When a federal loan is in default, a rehabilitation program may be available
to put the loan back into positive status. These programs oftentimes require
the borrower to voluntarily make 9 consecutive monthly payments over a
10-month period. In situations where an administrative wage garnisgment
has already commenced, the borrower may be required to make the rehabilitation
payments in addition to the garnishment for a period of at least 5 months.
What is a
student loan consolidation?
The William D. Ford federal direct loan program allows the consolidation
of elegible FFEL and Direct loans. In the consolidation, the original
loans are paid off and a new loan is created. The new interest rate is
calculated in part as a weighted-average of the prior loans. There are
certain banks that offer
consolidation for private student loans, however, the benefits of such private consolidation can be questionable.
What is a
federal student loan?
As opposed to a private loan which is issued by private banks such as Chase,
Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Sallie Mae, federal loans are usually issued
through the Department of Education. However, FFEL loans are government-guaranteed
loans which were issued and disbursed by private lenders. Distinguishing
the type of student loan may require a review of credit report, statement,
and/or the underlying loan documents.
Can I be
garnished for student loans?
Private loans can be collected through wage garnishment only after a lawsuit
has been brought and a judgment has been entered. However, most government-back
loans have no statute of limitation, and are not required to obtain a
court-order prior to instituting a wage garnishment. Even worse, once
an administative wage garnishment has been commenced, the options to stop
the garnishment and resolve the loans may be limited.
Why do I need a
student loan lawyer in New York?
Only a lawyer licensed to practice law in the State of New York can give
legal advice to New Yorkers. Those out of state debt relief companies
can't do much to assist with those debts that reach legal status.
A New York student loan lawyer can help you identify what kinds of loans
you have, and help determine your available options for resolution. Trust
our experienced attorneys to help guide you towards the best resolution
possible in your situation.
What is the
Federal Student Aid Ombudsman?
Although our lawyers are vastly experienced in resolving various issues
pertaining to defaulted student loans, we cannot necessarily help in every
situation. The Federal Student Aid Ombudsman is a neutral group that was
created to help resolve disputes on federal student loans. Contacting
them is confidential. They have the authority to communicate with loan
servicers to rectify errors. The ombudsman can be a valuable resource
for resolving legitimate loan disputes.
What are the
student loan payment plans?
Federal loans allow for several payment plans such as: standard, graduated,
and extended. They also offer "income driven" repayment plans
such as Income-based repayment, Pay-As-You-Earn, Modified IBR, and an
Income-Contingent Repayment Plan. Not all loans will qualify for all payment
options. For example, the PAYE program is limited to individuals that
did not have any outstanding federal student loans prior to 10/1/2007.
What is an
income based repayment plan?
IBR allows for the monthly payment to be calculated as 15% of the borrowers
discretionary income, and requires annual requalification and review of
the prior years income. Most people submit their most recent tax returns
in order for the income-based payment to be established. Benefits of the
IBR payment plan is that it can help make the monthly payments more affordable,
and allows for a residual forgiveness after sufficient qualifying payments
have been made.
Student Loan Lawsuits
fight a student loan lawsuit?
First, an Answer must be served and then filed with the Court. The Answer
should include responses to the allegations in the complaint, any pertinent
affirmative defense, and then assert counterclaims (if any). Failure to
include certain defenses in the Answer may preclue those defenses from
being asserted later on in the litigation. The next steps include requesting
and reviewing Discovery material, including Interogatories, Notices to
Admit, and Demand for Production of Documents. If merited, a Motion to
Dismiss may be brought.
What is the New York
Statute of Limitations on Student Loan Lawsuits?
Lawsuits brought to collect private student loans in New York are normally
subject to the 6-year statute for breach of written contract. However,
if the entity bringing the lawsuit was assigned the debt after it was
defaulted, then New York courts may require that the action be brought
within the SOL of the state where the claim arose, if that state has a
shorter SOL. When a lawsuit is commenced beyond the applicable statute
of limitations, the borrower might have a defense worthy of dismissing
the entire case. Unfortunately, due to changes in the Higher Education
Act, government-backed loans are not subject to time restrictions for
litigating collection actions.
Can I settle with National Collegiate Student Loan Trust?
Our lawyers have helped numerous borrowers resolve their student loan debts
with National Collegiate Trust. We've negotiated settlements on defaulted
loans that are in all status', including pre-litigation negotiations,
litigation defense, and post-litigation (judgment) resolution. When traditional
collection methods fail, National Collegiate frequently retains the assistance
of local collection attorneys to bring lawsuits against the borrowers.
Contact our firm if your faced with legal action for a private student
loan in NY or NJ.
Eliminating Student Debt
discharge student loans due to school closing?
Yes, under certain circumstances some federal student loans can be discharged
if a school closes while a student is enrolled and the students ability
to complete the program is deprived. However, if the student transfers
credits from the closed school to another school with a similar program,
the borrower might lose elegibility for school-closure discharge. If the
discharge application is denied, the borrower would need to elect a payment
plan and make payments thereto in order to avoid potentially defaulting.
Do I qualify for
student loan forgiveness?
Several loan forgiveness programs exist such as Public Service Loan Forgiveness,
Teacher Loan Forgiveness, and a discharge available to qualified veterans
and individuals that can substantiate a Total and Permanent Disability.
Teacher forgiveness can become available after 5-years of qualified employment.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness?
PSLF can be available to qualified public service workers whom have made
120 payments over a period of at least 10-years. Public sector and those
that are employed full-time by not-for-profits may apply. Only payments
made after 10/1/2007 may be considered.
Can I get a
student loan disability discharge?
Most federal student loans offer a mechanism that allows for a discharge
of the student loan obligations upon establishing that the individual is
Totally and Permanently Disabled. There are several routes to establish such disability, such as a physicians
certification, or a qualifying history of disability with the Social Security
Administration. There is a 3-year probationary period following a discharge
which required the borrower to certify that their income levels fall under
a particular threshold.
How to qualify for student loan forgiveness?
Options are available for certified teachers in elegible schools, workers
in the public sector such as police officers, those whom are permanently
disabled, people that have completed their income based repayments, and
more. It's important to review the specific criteria necessary to
become elegible for any forgiveness or discharge option and the requirements
tend to be rigid.
What is the difference between
Tuition Debt and a Student Loan?
In order to obtain a student loan, the borrower would usually complete
an application process, and upon approval, the loan would be disbursed
to the educational institution or directly to the borrower. In comparison,
a tuition debt is incurred where a student enrolls in a course but fails
to pay for the credits. Tution debt can sometimes accrue when a student
registers for courses, but their financial aid is denied, or the student
loans do not sufficiently cover the costs of the amount due.
Tuition debt is not a student loan, and therefore, it can be sometimed be discharged in Bankruptcy (especially
in situations where it's a private school, and not a City or State College).
What are the
benefits of hiring a student loan lawyer?
Having an attorney by your side can help even the playing fields when negotiating
with private student loan lenders and their sophisticated debt collectors.
Furthermore, a lawyer can help you understand the details and nuances
that are critical to the negotiations but might not be apparent to the
unskilled eye. Also, a licensed attorney can provide defense from a student
loan debt lawsuit. We have attorneys that are admitted to either the state
and federal courts of New York, New Jersey, or both.
Do you have further questions about student loans?
Contact our law office for a free initial evaluation, or, take aggressive
action today by retaining the services of our firm. Our dedicated debt
relief lawyers assist with resolving defaulted student loans across New
York and New Jersey.
Contact the Law Office of Simon Goldenberg, PLLC for the representation you deserve!