School loans and Social Security
Retirees and others recieving social security checks are using a percentage of the check to pay off school loans. I read of a particular man who is trying to pay off his $80,000 school loan from 20 years ago via his social security funds. The problem he is running into, is that the law states that the loans cannot be older than 10 years. However, the Public Citizen Litigation Group is fighting to remove the "10 years old" clause. If they are successful in this battle, will this have a significant change on how quickly students pay back their loans? I mean if they do not have to pay back the loan immediately because they know they can rely on their social security check in the future, then why not just let the loan accumulate interest. Then by the time they start collecting the social security check, they have a huge loan to pay off. By allowing this to happen, we would really be hurting the loan industry, because if people hold off on paying their loans until they are in a condition to receive social security checks, they probably will not be able to pay off the entire loan (using a small percentage of the check each month) before passing away. Again we must remember the "Forgotten Man" concept, which is to take into account all those who will be affected both positively and negatively when making decisions.