Is Your Car Loan Upside-Down? How to Steer Back to Safety

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Is Your Car Loan Upside-Down? How to Steer Back to Safety
Without even knowing it, you may have put yourself in a financially precarious position: being upside-down on your car loan. Maybe you bought a new car without making a down payment. Or perhaps you opted for low, “easy” monthly payments by stretching your loan to 72 or even 84 months. However you got there, it’s... Philip Reed is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: preed@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @AutoReed. The article Is Your Car Loan Upside-Down? How to Steer Back to Safety originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Conventional Loan Requirements and Guidelines for 2019

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Conventional Loan Requirements and Guidelines for 2019
When buying a home, many people opt for a conventional loan, a type of mortgage that’s readily available from most lenders. Here’s a look at the qualification requirements. What is a conventional loan? Conventional loans aren’t backed by a government agency, but they do follow some government guidelines. Most conventional loans conform to loan limits... Beth Buczynski is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: bbuczynski@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @bethbuczynski. The article Conventional Loan Requirements and Guidelines for 2019 originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Nurses: Check Out These Student Loan Forgiveness Options Just for You

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Nurses: Check Out These Student Loan Forgiveness Options Just for You
Nursing requires patience. (Get it? Patients? Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) But besides patience, it also requires a lot of money to complete a degree. The average cost of tuition for an 18-month Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program is about $10,000 to $15,000 nationally. Registered Nurses (RN) who get an associate’s degree typically take two to three years at an average cost of $31,000. Those who get a bachelor of science or beyond can expect to reach six-digit price tags, depending on their school.   The good news is that there are options for student loan forgiveness for nurses. Here’s what you need to know. Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Nurses Consider this a lesson in supply and demand: The best option for receiving loan forgiveness is to work in an area where there’s a shortage of nurses.  Some programs are relegated to only registered nurses or those with an advanced degree, so know the requirements before you apply. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) administers two loan repayment assistance programs specifically for nurses: the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program and Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program. Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (NCLRP) The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program is designed to help nurses who can commit to two to three years of work where there is a critical shortage of nurses in the U.S. Depending on your level of need and where you work, you can get up to 85% of your U.S. nursing education debt paid by this program. The biggest downside to this loan: The award is taxable; however, federal taxes can be deducted from the amount.  Who’s Eligible for the Loan? You’ll need to be a licensed registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse or nurse faculty to qualify.  The awards are tier-based, categorized by where there is the greatest shortage of nurses, and preference is given to those in most financial need. For an initial two-year commitment to working in a Critical Shortage Facility or serving as nurse faculty in an eligible school of nursing, you can receive an award of up to 60% of your loan balance.  Depending on availability, you’ll have the option to extend to a third year to receive an additional 25% of your original balance.  Which Loans Are Eligible? All federal loans and private commercial loans that covered tuition and reasonable expenses for your nursing education are eligible, so long as none has been in default. You must be a U.S. resident and have attended an accredited school of nursing in a U.S. state or territory to be eligible for this program.  How to Apply Submit your application through the Bureau of Health Workforce portal.  National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program The NHSC Loan Repayment Program offers two big benefits that the NCLRP doesn’t: The award is not taxable. You’re eligible for the program if you work full time or part time. However, the program’s eligibility requirements are fairly steep and employment is restricted to NHSC-approved service sites. Who’s Eligible for the Loan? For nurses, the program is limited to nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurse specialists and certified nurse mid-wives.  Like the Nurse Corps, this program is tier-based according to areas where there is a shortage of nurses. Working full-time at the highest tier can earn you up to $50,000 for two years of service, while part-timers can receive up to $25,000. You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national to be eligible for this program.  Which Loans Are Eligible? Outstanding government (federal, state or local) and private student loans for undergraduate or graduate education are eligible. How to Apply The 2019 deadline has closed, but you can sign up to receive notification when the next application cycle begins.  Alternative Nursing Loan Forgiveness Options Beyond the feds, other loan forgiveness options are available specifically to nurses. But again, these programs have restrictions and often require you to serve where there’s a shortage. State- and School- Forgiveness Programs Almost every state has at least one type of student loan forgiveness program that’s designed for those in public service fields, and most have loan forgiveness options specifically for nurses who are willing to work in underserved areas. How to Apply Check your state’s Department of Health website for eligibility and application requirements. You can also contact your college’s financial aid or alumni office to find out about forgiveness program options in your state and at your school.  FROM THE DEBT FORUM The Snowball Method for Paying Off Debt 1/11/19 @ 12:58 PM Guide to on-line debt consolidation 7/24/19 @ 11:19 PM Debt Reduction Plans? 7/31/19 @ 1:05 PM Student loans!! 8/9/19 @ 1:07 PM J See more in Debt or ask a money question Employer-Driven Loan Forgiveness Programs Some hospitals offer loan forgiveness awards to nurses, but eligibility requirements can include holding an advanced degree, having a specific loan type or working in a specialized department.  For instance, Duke University Health System’s Nursing School Student Loan Forgiveness Program awards full-time registered nurses up to $25,000 if they work in procedural areas. How to Apply In addition to asking the HR department at your hospital, you can check out this directory of hospitals with loan forgiveness programs. Other Loan Forgiveness Programs for Public Service Some of these programs aren’t restricted to nurses, but they are typically reserved for those in some type of service profession (like teachers or firefighters). Perkins Loan Cancellation The Perkins Loan Program ended on Sept. 30, 2017, but nurses and medical technicians with outstanding Perkins loans may still qualify for cancellation.  A visit to your tax accountant is worth the investment if you’re considering loan forgiveness, since your net worth is typically the deciding factor as to whether the forgiven amount is taxable. As a nurse you can qualify for up to 100% for five years of eligible service, depending on the type of loan you have and the date of the loan. How to Apply Contact the school where you obtained the Perkins Loan to learn its specific rules and application process.  Public Service Loan Forgiveness The Public Service Loan Forgiveness has gotten a lot of press lately because many of the early applicants found out they didn’t actually meet the requirements — the acceptance rate is hovering around 1%, according to a recent NPR report. However, we’ve covered which questions you need to ask to make sure you qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. And the good news is that the Public program does not restrict nurses to a specific program or area — you will need to be employed by a government or non-profit organization, though.  The terms “forgiveness” and “cancellation” essentially mean the same thing: You are no longer required to make payments on your loan because of your job.  You’re eligible to qualify for loan forgiveness after 120 payments, and you’ll need verification from your employer for each year of qualification. How to Apply Login to the Federal Student Aid site and use the Public Service Loan Forgiveness tool to determ [...]
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What Is a Student Loan Grace Period?

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What Is a Student Loan Grace Period?
A student loan grace period is a stretch of time, after you’ve graduated or left school, when you’re not required to make payments. Here’s what to know about your student loan grace period and how to make the best use of this time. » MORE: How to pay off student loans fast How long is... Brianna McGurran is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: bmcgurran@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @briannamcscribe. Ryan Lane is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: rlane@nerdwallet.com. The article What Is a Student Loan Grace Period? originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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What Is Student Loan Refinancing, Really?

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What Is Student Loan Refinancing, Really?
It’s understandable if your student loans are taking a backseat to other, more pressing matters, like finding a roommate, saving up for a car or meeting work deadlines. But taking the time to refinance your student loans can potentially save you a bundle on interest over time. If you qualify, refinancing can be a safe... Valerie Lai is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: vlai@nerdwallet.com. The article What Is Student Loan Refinancing, Really? originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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If You Really Need a Private Student Loan, Here’s How to Do It Responsibly

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If You Really Need a Private Student Loan, Here’s How to Do It Responsibly
If you need to borrow money for college, you’ll want to start with federal student loans instead of private student loans. What’s the difference? Private loans typically come from lenders like banks or credit unions and tend to be more expensive, while federal loans come from the government and offer flexibility, with options like income-based repayment and loan forgiveness. However, you might need a private student loan if you can’t borrow enough in federal loans to cover your tuition and other college costs. If that’s the case, make sure to shop around for a good interest rate. One quick and easy way to do that is through Credible. Credible is a private-student-loan marketplace where multiple lenders will compete for your business. Whether you’re a student or a parent who’s co-signing a student’s loan, you can type in some basic information and see multiple loan offers within minutes. You can compare loan terms and interest rates, which start at 3.99% APR for variable-rate loans and 4.50% APR for fixed-rate loans.  It’s important to get the best interest rate you can find, because interest rates for private student loans can rise as high as 14%. A lower interest rate could save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. Checking out these competing loan offers won’t hurt your credit score because Credible only does a soft credit pull to find you your pre-qualified rates. If you find a loan you like, you can apply directly on the site. Plus, none of your info is shared with the lenders until you’ve chosen a lender and loan option that’s right for you. So you really have nothing to lose by shopping around. Comparison-shopping is always a good idea, whether you’re looking for a new car, a new phone or a student loan. Credible makes it easy. Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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7 Pharmacist Loan Forgiveness Programs

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7 Pharmacist Loan Forgiveness Programs
Several programs forgive or repay a portion of your pharmacy school loans if you meet the requirements, such as working in the public sector or in an underserved area for a certain amount of time. A pharmacist loan forgiveness program may be the right option if your career plans align with one of these program’s... Teddy Nykiel is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: teddy@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @teddynykiel. The article 7 Pharmacist Loan Forgiveness Programs originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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