Student loans

Explore College Financial Aid Programs Offered by South Dakota

The South Dakota Board of Regents is a clearinghouse of information and resources all related to going to college in the state. The Federal Loan Program You’ll find a few general types of student loan programs available, but the first step in any wise college planning strategy is to apply for the federal loans, first. Why? They are affordable and government guaranteed. There is a loan for everyone. And most other types of loan programs require you to have applied for federal loans. If you’re a South Dakota student you should apply for federal loans.

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Know What You Owe

Skip to main content Tracking your student loan borrowing is easy with NSLDS.  The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U. S. Department of Education's central database for student aid.   It receives data from schools, agencies that guaranty loans, the Direct Loan program, and other U. S. Department of Education programs.   NSLDS provides a centralized, integrated view of a student's federal loan borrowing and federal grant usage. Check out this video created by UC students which provides a quick overview on how to use NSLDS.

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Accepting Your Loans

Your award letter may include any combination of loans, grants, work-study and/or scholarships. You must accept, reduce or decline each loan or work-study listed on your financial aid award or your funds will not pay into your account. All grants and scholarships are already at an “accepted” status because they do not require repayment; therefore, if you have grants and/or scholarships only, you are not required to complete the following steps. To do this, log in to your myACU account using your username and password. If you have been admitted and do not have a myACU username and password, please click here.

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2017 / 2016 tax comparison calculator

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The Dark Side of Student Debt

Defaulting on your loans can ruin your financial life. We show you how to repair the damage. Imagine going to college to improve your life and walking away with $500,000 in student debt. That number is no typo. A young Seattle couple ended up so mired in debt on the way to their degrees that they "couldn't even make the initial payments," says Christina Henry, of Seattle Debt Law. After the collection agencies started calling, the couple, who have two children and earn a total of $80,000, visited Henry for help. "They took out as much as they were able to and didn't even know how much they had.

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Student loan debt: How I got in deep

This article is from new staff writer Honey Smith. My mother was quadriplegic by the time I was in high school. My dad was a real estate agent who worked on commission, so he worked long hours to make ends meet. As a result, I took on a lot of responsibility at a young age. I cooked and cleaned and did all the grocery shopping. I did the laundry and paid the bills (in the “balancing the checkbook and writing the checks” sense, not the earning money sense). I took my mother to the bathroom, fed her, and tracked her pill regimen. And most importantly, I believed that a college education was a good value.

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iHELP Scholarship Recipients Announced for South Dakota and Minnesota

$10,000 in scholarships awarded to South Dakota & Minnesota high school students Aberdeen,South Dakota (PR MediaRelease) April 15, 2016 iHELP Student Loan and Student Loan Finance Corporation are proud to announce the recipients of the iHELP Scholarship drawing which took place on KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, SD on April 14th.  This random draw scholarship was open to all South Dakota and Minnesota high school seniors.  Each recipient won a $1,000 scholarship to be applied to their cost of education at a post-secondary school of their choice.  In addition, one lucky recipient from each state were drawn to win an iPad Air.

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Man Joins Army To Pay Off Law School Loans

I see debt relief, just over that hill. Any time the punishment for going to your law school involves a graduate essentially “taking the black” and joining the U. S. Army to escape his crushing debt burdens, you have to be really proud of the value offered by your institution. The quote from University of St. Thomas Law School graduate Thomas McGregor neatly sums up everything that recent law graduates are facing in this legal economy: “I paid off $108,000 of law school loan debt. All I had to do was put my life on the line. ” Parents, take note of such stories the next time you pressure your kids to go to law school and “get a real job”… McGregor’s story seems extreme only because he actually did something about his large debt/no job situation, instead of just defaulting on his loans.

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Can a Bill Collector Garnish My Social Security Disability or SSI?

I'm being hounded by creditors because I am behind on my bills. Can they garnish my disability check? Answer No, generally, a bill collector cannot garnish your Social Security disability benefits -- neither SSDI (disability insurance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Your disability income is exempt from creditors, subject to a few exceptions. Exceptions. The federal government can garnish your Social Security disability benefit to recover money owed to it, such as back taxes or defaulted student loan payments that have been guaranteed by the federal government.

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Default Prevention

If you fail to make the required payments on your federal student loan and the account becomes 270 days (approximately nine months) delinquent, it is in default, and the guaranty agency will purchase the loan from your holder. Once the loan is placed in a default status, the entire balance (principal, interest, and collection fees) is immediately due and payable to the guaranty agency. Consequences of Default  The consequences of default are serious: You may be subjected to court action requiring total payment of your loan. Your credit rating can be severely damaged, making it difficult to borrow money for a car or home, or to receive credit cards.

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