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Struggling with student loans? Virginia has a new way to help

Source Date: 
Monday, January 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — Virginians struggling with student loan debt have a new place to turn for help.

Scott Kemp is the state’s first student loan advocate.

He works within the Office of the Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman, which was established by The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) at the direction of a law passed last year in the General Assembly.

Kemp’s primary focus is to assist borrowers.

“Whether they are looking for information about repayment, all the way until they are in default on their loan and in distress and need help with understanding what their options are with getting out of default. We want to get them headed in a positive direction,” he said.

Kemp was hired last October, and an online student complaint form has been available since Dec. 1.

“I have about 28 cases, four of which I’ve been able to close, so I have about 24 open cases

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