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Introduction to Federal Student Loans

Several low-cost, fixed-rate loans are available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and parents of dependent undergraduate students from the U.S. Department of Education’s Direct Loans and Perkins Loans programs. Find out more about federal student loans.

No Income? No Problem! How the Gov't Is Saddling Parents with College Loans They Can't Afford

More than a decade after Aurora Almendral first set foot on her dream college campus, she and her mother still shoulder the cost of that choice.

As Parents Struggle to Repay College Loans for Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand to Lose

Parents are increasingly struggling to repay federal loans they’ve taken out to help cover their children’s college costs, according to newly released federal data.

The Parent Plus program allows parents to take out essentially uncapped amounts to cover college costs, regardless of the borrower’s income or ability to repay the loan. As the cost of college has risen, the program has become an increasingly critical workaround for families that max out on federal student loans and can’t pay the rest out of pocket.

Default Data on Parent PLUS Loans

The national default rate for Parent PLUS loans has nearly tripled in recent years, but it remains well below the

default rates for other federal student loans, according to data released for the

rst time last week by the U.S.

Department of Education.

Of all parent borrowers whose PLUS loans entered repayment in the 2010

scal year, the data show, 5.1

percent were in default three years later. That

gure has risen steadily from the 1.8 percent default rate for the

cohort of borrowers in the 2006

scal year.

Parents don’t regret this decision, but maybe they should

Parents often try to do what’s bestfor their children, including helping with studentloans and college tuition — but at what

costto them?

About 47% of parent cosigners felttheir children’s student debt had affected their retirement, according to a survey of 850

parent cosigners. More than 62% said their credit scores were negatively affected by cosigning private studentloans, and

40% said their decision to cosign has hurttheir ability to qualify for other types ofloans, such as a mortgage or car. Still,

You'll Never Guess the Latest Victims of the Student Loan Crisis

Most debt you can get out of—painful as it might be. Credit card debt can be

cleared in bankruptcy. A mortgage can end in foreclosure. But student debt is

more sticky, and it turns out it can have big consequences in retirement.

Renold Zergat—Getty Images

2/20/2019 Retirement & Student Loans: Student Loan Crisis Affects Retirement Savings | Money

Learn How to Transfer Parent PLUS Loans to a Child

When it comes to helping Neela Hummel's mother-in-law repay the parent PLUS

(https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/student-

loan/articles/2010/08/17/parent-plus-loans-frequently-asked-questions) loans she borrowed years ago for

My son's student loans are killing my retirement. What can I do?

Q. To assist our son in fulling his dream of becoming an Air Force pilot, we took out a Parent Plus loan to cover his tuition. We borrowed $90,000 over four years. Is there any write-off we can take? It's tough paying $1,200 per month and almost $1,100 goes to interest. It's killing my retirement.

-- Retirement-poor

A. You son is very lucky that you took out loans on his behalf.

Hopefully the day will come when he can help you with the payments.

Student Debt in America: Lend With a Smile, Collect With a Fist

The American student loan crisis is often seen as a problem of profligacy and predation. Wasteful colleges raise tuition every year, we are told, even as middle-class wages stagnate and unscrupulous for-profit colleges bilk the unwary. The result is mounting unmanageable debt.

There is much truth in this diagnosis. But it does not explain the plight of Liz Kelley, a Missouri high school teacher and mother of four who made a series of unremarkable decisions about college and borrowing. She now owes the federal government $410,000, and counting.

“This would be a much better world if more married couples were as deeply in love as they are in debt.”
– Earl Wilson
"Bankruptcy laws allow companies to smoothly reorganize, but not college graduates burdened by student loans."
– Robert Reich
"If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going."
– Irwin "Professor" Corey
“What I would like to do... once I take care of all my kids' student loans, is buy a red 1965 Mustang and fully restore it.”
– Mike Quigley
The road to success is always under construction
– Lily Tomlin
"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
– Marie Curie
"There is scarcely anything that drags a person down like debt."
– P. T. Barnum