The closure of these institutions left 35, students without an educational path forward. Thousands of others across the country were impacted. Majority of the former students are worried mainly about one issue. Will the Student Loan Forgiveness programs cover their loan debts? To find more about available student loan forgiveness programs you just need to scroll down this article.
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The closure of these institutions left 35, students without an educational path forward. Thousands of others across the country were impacted. Majority of the former students are worried mainly about one issue.
Will the Student Loan Forgiveness programs cover their loan debts? To find more about available student loan forgiveness programs you just need to scroll down this article.
Department of Education. ITT Tech has decided to terminate its operation. It was after the decision from the Department of Education to ban the for-profit vocational college from enlisting new students who relied on federal aid to pay for their education with them.
The news was a shock as the company had been in operation for more than 50 years since and before ITT Tech was permanently shut down. Until today, ITT Tech operated on over campuses in 38 states.
ITT Tech offered students an option to the traditional college course. As a for-profit organization, the school provided specialized training in targeted fields of study. Fortunately, former students and recent graduates of ITT institutions may be eligible to have their federal, not private, student loans discharged as a result of the closure.
All federal debt will be forgiven according to student loans forgiveness programs rules. Thus, students have the opportunity to continue their education or pursue their career goals elsewhere.
You might be qualified for a closed school discharge if you did not complete your education in an ITT school because they were closed while you were attending or soon after you withdrew. To apply for student loan forgiveness through a Closed School Discharge program, you can either — complete and return the Closed School Loan Discharge Application sent to you by your servicer, — complete a Closed School Loan Discharge Application and return it to your loan servicer, or — contact your loan servicer about the application process to discharge your loan.
However, students that transfer their credits to another institution would no longer be qualified. Under the Closed School Discharge program, loan amounts forgiven are treated as taxable income and may trigger a substantial tax burden. It includes discharges for people who attended ITT Tech. The goal is to take advantage of this little-known rule, called defense to repayment, which can wipe out their loans.
The defense to repayment rule falls under the U. Higher Education Act. It has existed for years but drew little attention until recently. The best thing about BDAR discharges is that they can completely eliminate your loans. Federal law gives the Education Department discretion to forgive student loans for those who claim they were deceived or that their college broke state laws.
The government essentially made the claim that ITT has done that. Thus, they have invited former students to request what could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars in student loan forgiveness. The rule applies to all previous students with federal loans.
However, this does not cover private student loans. In the meantime, the Education Department is encouraging borrowers to email their claims. Also, an IBR program offers the long-term benefit of student loan forgiveness after years of payments. The period depends on when they took the loan.
Currently, under IBR programs, amounts forgiven are also treated as taxable income. If you were attending ITT when it shut down on Sept. You can transfer earned credits to another institution to continue your education in an equivalent program. Borrowers who are current ITT students, recent graduates, and students who withdrew in the past days can transfer their credits according to the offer by the U.
Department of Education: Transfer your credits If you want to continue your program of study, the U. Department of Education is connecting you with community colleges who will transfer over ITT Tech credits. However, if students opt for this option, they may not be eligible for a closed school discharge on their student loans.
Instead, you might want to keep the credits from ITT and transfer them to a similar program in another school. If you do transfer into a related program offered by another school, that school will evaluate your ITT coursework. It will decide whether to give you credit for already completed works.
Also what courses you need to take to complete your program of study. The Education Department is working with ITT officials and representatives from the state and postsecondary education oversight organizations, to process student records from the schools. ITT will take responsibility for any return of federal student aid funds.
The Department will work with ITT officials to make sure the loan funds are restored for future eligibility. If you transfer the credits toward a similar program and you completed or are going to finish that program, you will not be eligible to receive a closed school loan discharge.
We encourage you not to pay for companies for student loan forgiveness or consolidation programs that your federal loan servicer provides for free, on behalf of the Education Department. If you need help with your student loans, you should contact your servicer, because you never need to pay for these services. Thank you for your reading. Join the conversation by posting a comment.
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Closure of ITT Tech Institutes. Student Loan Forgiveness now Available for Former Students
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