This online course is valuable to anyone encountering clients with student loan debt including housing counselors, realtors, mortgage lenders and other individuals who interact with clients who face student loan debt challenges and provides guidance on a variety of programs to help clients repay or eliminate student loan debt.
In this online course, you will learn how to assist students and their families in making informed choices about student loans. Included is an examination of the differences between federal and private student loans so counselors can help clients make the informed choices based on their individual situations. The course is also targeted at helping those who have already incurred student loan debt and are now dealing with the impact those loans are having on their overall budget and financial sustainability. Participants will learn how to maximize counseling on a case-by-case basis using established tools to help improve a client’s financial situation.
Both federal and private loan deferment and forbearance strategies designed to overcome delinquency and default are covered, as well as other federal programs created by the Department of Education to assist clients who continue to struggle to stay current. Finally, this course provides resources for you and your clients when advocacy is required to help with challenges involving servicers. This course provides 2.5 hours of continuing education towards renewing NCHEC certifications.