Defaulting on student loans can be terrifying, damaging, and costly. Federal student loan lenders have enormously powerful tools to pursue student loan borrowers in default. For example, the federal government and federally-backed guaranty agencies can garnish a borrower’s wages, offset a borrower’s Social Security benefits, and intercept a borrower’s tax refund, all without a court order. Private student loan lenders don’t always have the same powers, but they can file lawsuits against borrowers in state courts, and then try to attach assets to satisfy any resulting judgments. Defaulting on both private and federal loans can lead to financial penalties and significant credit damage, as well.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Borrowers in default on their student loans have legal rights and options. And they may ultimately have the ability to fix their defaulted student loans.Read More