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Student Loans in the United States

Student loans in the United States are a form of financial aid that must be repaid, in contrast to other forms of financial aid such as scholarships and grants. There are federal loans and private student loans, which broadly includes state-affiliated nonprofits and institutional loans provided by schools. There are many students today that depend on student loans. There may be rules and regulations regarding the type of student loan they are applying for. Read below where Experts have answered a variety of questions regarding student loans.

How can a 4.25% interest rate on a private student loan be reduced?

Private student loans usually have higher interest rates, shorter payback periods and more lenient qualifications for applicants in comparison to federal loans. To reduce the interest rate, a person may try modifying the student loan by contacting the lender. If this is not an option, consolidating the loan to a new lender would be an alternative. Many times, a modification or applying with a new lender could lower the interest rates.

In the US, what is the minimum age to get a student loan without parental permission?

In most cases, a person that reaches the age of 18 years old, is legally an adult and is able to contract on their own. However, most of the time, the young adult would require a co-signer to get the student loan. Although this is not a law, it is up to the individual lender as to whether or not they will require a student borrower to have a co-signer or not.

Can a co-signer of a student loan that is in collections be held liable for the loan if verbally the lender has admitted to losing a payment made by the borrower?

If someone is a co-singer, then they as a co-signer would be held jointly and severally liable for the repayment of the loan along with the borrower. Unfortunately, verbal confirmation might not be sufficient to pursue a legal claim against the loan company for any damages related to their failure to apply the payment which could have kept the loan out of default. However, a lawsuit may be warranted if the co-signer can prove by clear and convincing evidence the borrower did in fact send the payment to the loan company on time and it was received by them and because they failed to apply the payment the co-signer or the first borrower have suffered direct damages related to a negative item on the credit report. In some cases, a request to the court to order the loan company to reinstate this loan may be made if the judgment is made to the borrower.

Can a borrower wait to start repayment after student residency is complete and have the interest barred and only pay the original amount borrowed?

In many cases, the best course of action would be to seek out optional lenders with lower interest rates. Usually interest rates are not erased, but payments through government funded student loans do not start the repayment process until after studies have been finished. There are many student loan companies that do not require repayment until the student is employed in their field of work or up to 6 months after studies are completed. Forbearance does not stop the interest but suspends the repayment obligation until after training or college courses are over. This is actually very common with medical or physician studies. Interest will continue to accumulate in any event, as a student loan is not an interest free loan. There are many types of student loans in the United States and many times it can be confusing trying to figure out what type of student loan is needed, how the repayment process works, as well as how many loans a person can take at one time. It is then that a person may need answers to their specific case details and may need to turn to an Expert.

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