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11-22-2014 05:57 PM
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12-03-2014 03:07 PM
Yesterday I received a letter in the mail offering to settle a private student loan (19k) for about $4k. This would be awesome except I only have about half of that. I've begged and pleaded and can't borrow the rest. Six months ago they offered to settle for $6.5K. SOL is close to expiration. How likely are they to sue me next?
Any notation of "settled" on your reports is scored the same as a charge off so settling won't help your score.
You need to try to get in writing an agreement from them that they will no longer report this after you pay.
12-06-2014 02:58 AM - edited 12-06-2014 03:05 AM
I've done several settlements with Navient/Sallie Mae. Make sure that there is language in the letter that it is settled in full. They are most likely offering you such a low amount because the account may be past the statute of limitations for credit card debt in your state. This is what I've noticed with low Sallie Mae/Navient settlements.
Sometimes, there are issues after the settlement where it looks like they just applied the payment to your total balance (via your online portal, for example). So be prepared to file CFPB complaints if there are any issues post- settlement. If possible, record the call when you arrrange the settlement.
I also advise all of my clients to send settlement payments by certified or registered mail (for proof), and also use a cashier's check or money order with the file number and other info on the "Memo" line. They may ask you to send the entire amount by phone or electronic debit. Don't do it! You need a paper trail in case anything goes wrong (which has happened to my clients twice, but was resolved with complaints). Also - I am not an attorney, and this is not legal advice.
Edit - I wanted to emphasize the most important part - get the settlement in writing before doing anything.
12-16-2014 06:00 PM