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What are the repayment options for student loans?

If you have student loans, you may wonder if there is any help for making the payments more affordable. You are not alone. Many people in Florida share the same concerns. Student loan debt is something that many Americans struggle with and often times end up in serious financial trouble over. The good news is there are quite a few repayment options available. One may be the answer to all your problems. According to the Federal Student Aid office, student loan repayment options are offered based upon different conditions you must meet. 

Can a creditor freeze your bank account?

It is very easy to get into debt in Florida. Anyone can overspend or over extend themselves. However, once your debt becomes problematic and you can no longer make your payments, some creditors may take drastic steps. You may be concerned about the security of your bank accounts in such a situation. Typically, for secured debts, you do not have much to worry about because they take whatever it is that secured the loan, such as your home or car. However, for unsecured debts, creditors may very well go after your bank accounts.

What is the Making Home Affordable Program?

The real estate market went through some terrible times in the early 2000s across Florida. It put many people's home in jeopardy of being foreclosed. According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the government created a program called the Making Home Affordable Program to help you out if you faced foreclosure. It was specifically designed to help you avoid losing your home and to assist you with getting back on your feet when you got into a bad financial situation.

What is the means test?

When you hear about bankruptcy in Florida, one of the main things brought up is the means test. This is a very important aspect of qualifying to file for bankruptcy. It is a two part test that takes a look at your income and expenses to determine which type of bankruptcy you can file, according to Nerd Wallet.

Why are credit cards bad for your credit?

You probably have at least one credit card in your wallet. Having an emergency credit card that is only used for situations where you need extra money but do not have it, such as a car repair, and which you pay off in full when the bill comes is a good use of a credit card. This is not how most people use them, though. According to Time, credit cards are a dangerous option for most people.

Can I keep my auto loan if I file bankruptcy?

If you are thinking about filing for bankruptcy in Florida, you may have many questions. One of those may be what will happen with your vehicle loan. If you do not own your vehicle, how is that handled when you file? Will you lose it? Can it be left out of the bankruptcy?

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