Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

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Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby rasputin » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:32 pm

I'm interested in the Pay As You Earn Program to repay my grad school loans. I contacted my loan servicer, Great Lakes, and was given the following information which i'd like to verify -

- The Pay As You Earn program is currently on hold and they're not sure when it will be active.

- You can apply for Income Based Repayment for now and then apply for Pay As You Earn when it's available.

- Your payments for both IBR and Pay As You Earn are based on the most recent income tax filing. For instance, last year I was a student and made only $1,000 (AGI) so that will be used for this year's payment schedule even though i'm employed this year and earn much more.

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does anyone have detailed knowledge of these issues?

thanks
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Re: Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby jimbojones » Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:40 am

This website has most of the details. It looks like the program will take effect some time during December.

http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans/pay-as-you-earn

The big winners are folks with huge student loan balances.
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Re: Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby Grt2bOutdoors » Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:42 am

Doesn't interest accrue on unpaid balances? :confused
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Re: Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby jimbojones » Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:53 am

Grt2bOutdoors wrote:Doesn't interest accrue on unpaid balances? :confused


Yes, yes it does. An example:

$150,000 student loan debt
$100,000 AGI
3 Family Size
7.15% Average Interest Rate

$595 per month is the Pay As You Earn student loan payment, as calculated using the website above. If you make that $595 payment for 20 years, the remaining loan balance would be forgiven. With this example, the remaining loan balance is $307,257. The forgiveness would count as taxable income.
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Re: Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby HopeToGolf » Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:43 pm

Wow what a great deal for colleges. They get to keep prices rising without correlation to earnings power and this makes it much more attractive for students to take on debt without worrying about paying it all back.

I guess the correction in higher education pricing will continue to be on hold a while.
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Re: Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby steadyeddy » Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:38 pm

HopeToGolf wrote:Wow what a great deal for colleges. They get to keep prices rising without correlation to earnings power and this makes it much more attractive for students to take on debt without worrying about paying it all back.

I guess the correction in higher education pricing will continue to be on hold a while.



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Re: Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby fcox85 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:53 pm

jimbojones wrote:
Grt2bOutdoors wrote:Doesn't interest accrue on unpaid balances? :confused


Yes, yes it does. An example:

$150,000 student loan debt
$100,000 AGI
3 Family Size
7.15% Average Interest Rate

$595 per month is the Pay As You Earn student loan payment, as calculated using the website above. If you make that $595 payment for 20 years, the remaining loan balance would be forgiven. With this example, the remaining loan balance is $307,257. The forgiveness would count as taxable income.


Is there a source that you've read which outlines that the forgiveness counts as income? I am aware that this is true with other forms of debt, but it seems that it would undercut the point of the forgiveness program (especially the public service forgiveness) to the saddle the already debt laden payor (who presumably makes far less than their debt burden) with a massive tax bill. Is there not a legislative exception for the student loan forgiveness program?
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Re: Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby jimbojones » Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:01 pm

fcox85 wrote:
jimbojones wrote:
Grt2bOutdoors wrote:Doesn't interest accrue on unpaid balances? :confused


Yes, yes it does. An example:

$150,000 student loan debt
$100,000 AGI
3 Family Size
7.15% Average Interest Rate

$595 per month is the Pay As You Earn student loan payment, as calculated using the website above. If you make that $595 payment for 20 years, the remaining loan balance would be forgiven. With this example, the remaining loan balance is $307,257. The forgiveness would count as taxable income.


Is there a source that you've read which outlines that the forgiveness counts as income? I am aware that this is true with other forms of debt, but it seems that it would undercut the point of the forgiveness program (especially the public service forgiveness) to the saddle the already debt laden payor (who presumably makes far less than their debt burden) with a massive tax bill. Is there not a legislative exception for the student loan forgiveness program?


From the linked website (studentaid.ed.gov), under the "Disadvantages" section:

You may have to pay taxes on any loan amount that is forgiven after 20 years.
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Re: Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby fcox85 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:18 pm

Jimbo,

Thanks for pointing me to that. Missed that on my first look. Talk about a pretty large potential trap for the unwary.
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Re: Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby Tabulator » Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:47 pm

Which is better -- IBR or Pay As You Earn -- for people with a moderately large loan balance?
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Re: Student Loans - Pay As You Earn

Postby MnD » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:17 pm

HopeToGolf wrote:Wow what a great deal for colleges. They get to keep prices rising without correlation to earnings power and this makes it much more attractive for students to take on debt without worrying about paying it all back.

I guess the correction in higher education pricing will continue to be on hold a while.


Families and students paying for college without massive federal loan debt, or students taking out loans to fund difficult majors with good earnings potential is for suckers apparently.
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