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Starting Life With Student Loan Debt

Posted in Economy, Media Appearances, Student Debt, Student Loan Default, Student Loans with tags , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by debtprisoner

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How To Consolidate Your Loans Into Direct Loans — And Get Them Out Of Sallie Mae

Posted in Sallie Mae, Student Debt, Student Loans with tags , , on March 16, 2009 by debtprisoner

The reasons for switching from Sallie Mae to Direct Loans are many, but let’s start with the first one: Direct Loans will FORGIVE the loan balance after 25 years of payments… even if you are on an “Income Sensitive Payment Plan”.

Now, 25 years may seem like a long time to have such a massive amount of non-dischargeable debt (some chiropractic college graduates have as much as $200,000!!), but Sallie Mae will NEVER forgive the loans. In my opinion, this is basically a debt prison that you can’t ever get out of.

If I ran up a bunch of credit card bills and later filed bankruptcy, these debts would be forgiven from my credit reports in seven years time.

But college loans are NON-DISCHARGEABLE. Fair, huh?

STEP 1: Get A Password

The first step to getting out of Sallie Mae and into Direct Loans is to get a PIN number.

You can do this by going to pin.ed.gov and filling out some basic information (name, social security number, birthdate, etc.).

By the way, the number for Direct Loans is 1-800-557-7392. Operators are available from 7am-7pm, EST.

From my experience, the folks at Direct Loans are much nicer to work with than anyone at Sallie Mae.

Once they send you a PIN, you can get a list of all your loan debts and total up the damage.

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