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American Financial Benefits Center: For Many Vet Techs, Helping Animals Costs Financial Security

American Financial Benefits Center: For Many Vet Techs, Helping Animals Costs Financial Security

Much is written about veterinarians and their student loan debt. Some consider the student loans that vets take out while earning advanced degrees to be some of the most challenging to pay off. The average student loan debt for 2016…

AFBC: Johns Hopkins University May Have Just Done Away With Student Loans for Good

AFBC: Johns Hopkins University May Have Just Done Away With Student Loans for Good

Not everyone can rely on scholarships to take them through school. Instead, most will have to rely on student loans to attend college, which repaying those often takes far longer than advertised as taking and costing more money. American Financial…

AFBC: Want to Be Paid to Move? Tulsa, Oklahoma, May Be Looking to Do Just That

AFBC: Want to Be Paid to Move? Tulsa, Oklahoma, May Be Looking to Do Just That

Figuring out where to plant some roots and begin a new chapter in life isn’t always easy. There are all sorts of things to consider before moving and no one’s going to cover the costs to move. Or will they? American…

Making Poor Assumptions About Student Loan Borrowers' Financial Situation Does No One Any Favors, Says AFBC

Making Poor Assumptions About Student Loan Borrowers' Financial Situation Does No One Any Favors, Says AFBC

The majority of Americans attending college will need some sort of financial assistance. People who don’t need financial assistance for college, or much else in life, and sometimes even people who also need help, seem to harshly judge those who…

Student Loan Debt Significantly Lowers the Ability to Start a Business, Says American Financial Benefits Center

Student Loan Debt Significantly Lowers the Ability to Start a Business, Says American Financial Benefits Center

​​Starting a business can be an arduous task for the average person, but for someone carrying student loan debt, it may feel impossible. A borrower with $30,000 in student loans is 11 percent less likely to start a business than…

American Financial Benefits Center Shares Some Strategies to Take Control of Student Loans

American Financial Benefits Center Shares Some Strategies to Take Control of Student Loans

Having student loans is common, but knowing successful repayment strategies is not. Knowing the different options available for private and federal loans can reduce repayment by thousands of dollars, provide a flexible repayment schedule, or allow a borrower to have…

Legislation Offers Reprieve for Cancer Patients With Student Loans; American Financial Benefits Center Praises New Law

Legislation Offers Reprieve for Cancer Patients With Student Loans; American Financial Benefits Center Praises New Law

Cancer is hard enough to deal with on its own, so thankfully new legislation has been signed into law that will decrease the financial burden caused by undergoing cancer treatments for thousands of Americans paying down student loans. American Financial…

The Student Loan Crisis is Crippling Borrowers and the National Economy, Says American Financial Benefits Center

The Student Loan Crisis is Crippling Borrowers and the National Economy, Says American Financial Benefits Center

Student loan debt is crippling not only 44 million Americans, but the economy as well. The total balance owed for student loans has reached a mind-boggling $1.5 trillion, making it the second-largest consumer debt after mortgages. The average borrower leaves college…

American Financial Benefits Center: More Than 40,000 Disabled Veterans Remain Unforgiven, According to DOE

American Financial Benefits Center: More Than 40,000 Disabled Veterans Remain Unforgiven, According to DOE

American Financial Benefits Center (AFBC) is closely monitoring developments in a conflict between the Department of Education (DOE) and severely disabled veterans. DOE continues to demand repayment of student loans from more than 40,000 severely disabled veterans who owe more…

American Financial Benefits Center: Increasingly, Borrowers Feel Imprisoned by Their Student Loan Debt

American Financial Benefits Center: Increasingly, Borrowers Feel Imprisoned by Their Student Loan Debt

Student loan borrowers feel imprisoned by debt, according to a recent Forbes article. Recent studies show that nearly 90 percent of borrowers struggle to keep up with monthly payments. Of these borrowers, 44 percent said their next payment will be…

AFBC: Student Loans Are a Global Problem, One Which Could Have Big Economic Consequences

AFBC: Student Loans Are a Global Problem, One Which Could Have Big Economic Consequences

The student loan crisis in America has hit $1.5 trillion this year, but America isn’t alone in feeling the heat from this kind of problem. New Zealand, Malaysia, Great Britain and many more countries that offer student loans are experiencing troubles…

Reduce the Financial Risk of College With Alternative Repayment Options Explained by the American Financial Benefits Center

Reduce the Financial Risk of College With Alternative Repayment Options Explained by the American Financial Benefits Center

Pursuing higher education has become expensive enough that students need to research to be sure the risk is worth it. Students who choose to pursue alternative postsecondary education options, like for-profit universities or online universities, may find their school closing…

American Financial Benefits Center Asks: Is the Student Loan Crisis Going to Get Worse?

American Financial Benefits Center Asks: Is the Student Loan Crisis Going to Get Worse?

Reports out of Wall Street and the White House suggest that the economy is on the upswing, however, there appears to be little to no trickle-down for student loan borrowers. Borrowers struggling with massive debt, low-paying jobs, high housing costs…

AFBC: Pulled Up By the Bootstraps or Pulled Down Into the Dirt, Student Loans Not Helping the Way Many Borrowers Hope They Would

AFBC: Pulled Up By the Bootstraps or Pulled Down Into the Dirt, Student Loans Not Helping the Way Many Borrowers Hope They Would

The American tale of starting from nothing, pulling oneself up by the bootstraps and striking it big is a classic one, but it’s becoming less common in reality. For a while, the story was going to college and getting a degree…

Fleeing the Country From Student Loans Seems Extreme, But AFBC Says It's Some Borrowers' Extreme Reality

Fleeing the Country From Student Loans Seems Extreme, But AFBC Says It's Some Borrowers' Extreme Reality

Fleeing the country seems extreme for most people and, depending on their living situation, may be rather difficult too. But for the people that do flee to another country, it's because they feel they have no other choice. American Financial…

American Financial Benefits Center: A Few Small Colleges Offer Student Loan Debt Safety Net

American Financial Benefits Center: A Few Small Colleges Offer Student Loan Debt Safety Net

American Financial Benefits Center (AFBC) is closely following a development in student loan repayment in which some colleges guarantee help for a borrower if they graduate from college but don't make enough money to pay back their loans. The Loan…

American Financial Benefits Center Asks: Is This the First Attack Launched Solely at a Political Candidate's Student Loan Debt?

American Financial Benefits Center Asks: Is This the First Attack Launched Solely at a Political Candidate's Student Loan Debt?

American Financial Benefits Center (AFBC) is carefully tracking the progress of a California congressional race, in which a candidate is being attacked for his student loan debt. In a radio ad, Republican Devin Nunes is calling out Democrat Andrew Janz…

AFBC on Why Struggling the Manage Student Loan Repayment May Be More Than Some Borrowers Can Handle

AFBC on Why Struggling the Manage Student Loan Repayment May Be More Than Some Borrowers Can Handle

Student loan repayment is a $1.5 trillion problem that this country is currently facing, and it doesn’t show signs of getting better anytime soon. Borrowers are stuck in an extreme situation of having their loan debt influence almost all their actions,…

AFBC: On Going Struggles With $1.5 Trillion in Student Loan Debt Has Strong Possibility of Leading to Further Class Divide

AFBC: On Going Struggles With $1.5 Trillion in Student Loan Debt Has Strong Possibility of Leading to Further Class Divide

The idea behind student loans is that even if that they’re a large amount, they’ll be manageable with the degree earned and the subsequent job obtained afterward. However, as many borrowers have personally found out, that is not always the…

Student Loan Debt Doesn't Need to Feel So Scary, Says American Financial Benefits Center

Student Loan Debt Doesn't Need to Feel So Scary, Says American Financial Benefits Center

Zombies, vampires, student loan debtors. Do a quick web search using the terms “student loan debt” and “Halloween.” The number of results that come up for student loan costumes says something: student loan debt is scary — scary enough for…

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