Informational Resources for Maryland Student Loan Borrowers

National Consumer Law Center's Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project
This comprehensive resource provides information on a wide-range of student loan topics, such as repayment options, loan cancellations, default and delinquency, and dealing with loan servicers.  Among other features, the website provides a guide to resolving student loan problems, a question and answer section, and a glossary of important student loan terms.  The website offers "self-help packets" for various federal student loan programs and links to federal student loan forms.

People's Law Library of Maryland
The People's Law Library provides legal information geared toward Maryland residents, with a particular focus on resources for self-represented litigants.  In addition to other useful resources, the website features a guide to navigating Maryland's legal process and articles on a range of consumer law topics.

Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission's consumer information website includes material about a borrower's rights when dealing with debt collectors, and how to spot deceptive claims and practices that private companies may use to get student loan business.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has an interactive guide on student loan repayment options, including a borrower's options post-default.  The website also offers answers to frequently asked questions about student loans, and sample letters that borrowers can send to private student loan servicers and debt collectors.

Repayment Estimator
Borrowers of federal student loans can use the Department of Education's Repayment Estimator tool to find out what repayment plans they might be eligible for.  For each repayment plan, the Repayment Estimator also gives an estimate of how much the borrower would pay monthly and how much the borrower would pay over the life of the loan.


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