student loans

Some Student Borrowers Face Default If Co-Signer Dies

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsMany parents and grandparents are aware of the hazards of cosigning an education loan, putting themselves on the hook to repay if the student doesn’t. Now another wrinkle has emerged that can end up hurting student borrowers: Under the terms offered by most private lenders, institutions can demand that borrowers immediately repay a loan in full if the cosigner dies or files for bankruptcy. These so-called auto-defaults can occur even if the borrower has been keeping up with payments. And …

Defaults Rise in Parent PLUS Loans

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsParents who’ve taken out federal student loans to help pay for their children’s college education are increasingly finding themselves in serious financial trouble. Default rates on Parent PLUS loans have tripled in the last few years, according to federal data released this month. Some 5.1 percent of loans that originated in the 2010 fiscal year were in default three years later, according to U.S. Department of Education data released last week. Default rates were highest, at 13.3 percent, for Parent …

Why Your Children Should Help Pay for College

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilySpring means college admissions, and we still recall the agonizing wait for the mail carrier. A thin envelope brought bad news, a thick envelope acceptance. Today, though, the “envelope” arrives via email — and that’s not all that’s changed. These days, the sticker price for private colleges starts at about $40,000 a year, going much higher for a prestigious institution; in-state schools run about half that. Nearly as soon as the anxiety on the admissions front dissipates, it’s replaced by …

The Takeaway: Student Loan Debt Still Haunts Older Adults

Posted on 04/2/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayMillions of older adults are still paying off student loan debt. New research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found Americans 60 and older still owe about $36 billion in student loans.

Say ‘No’ to Co-Signing Loans for Family, Friends

Posted on 01/24/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThis is a guest post by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, host of the AARP Pay Down Your Debt Challenge, which is taking place on AARP.org through Jan. 29. Learn how to get started paying down your debt, join the Pay Down Your Debt group, and you could have a chance to win a prize. Of all the financial mistakes that we can make – and later regret – loaning money to family and friends ranks perhaps among the biggest of them. It’s …