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August 2012 Archives

Defaulting on student loans may reduce social security payments

The consequences of falling behind on loans or credit card payments are serious, but most retirees may not realize that their student loan debt could adversely affect their Social Security payments. Thousands of retired people are now experiencing decreased amounts, up to 15 percent, of their Social Security benefits due to defaulting on their student loans. The 15 percent reduction would be a reduction to the average Social Security benefit for a retired worker of $190 a month.

Coordination between agencies an issue for disabled students

In a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released this month, the challenged for disabled students are facing major difficulties utilizing federal services aimed to transition from high school into college or the workforce. The Departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Labor and the Social Security Administration handle these transitions but lack inter-departmental communication.

Stop labeling SSDI recipients as lazy

As many in Georgia are no doubt aware, the rhetoric that politicians are using these days -- especially in an election year -- is more heated than in recent memory. And one of the popular targets of people advocating trimming federal spending is people receiving Social Security Disability benefits. But it's important to remind these politicians who, may not think of the consequences of their words, just who needs these benefits.

SSDI beneficiary hits the lottery, was barely getting by

Especially in this economy, it is tough to get ahead financially. Residents of Georgia and other states are constantly struggling to keep their heads above water, seemingly never having enough money to pay bills and put food on the table. But imagine this struggle if you were disabled and didn't have a job. This is what people on Social Security Disability benefits face every day, even if the economy is in good shape.

Education Department changes disability standards

The U.S. Department of Education, in a bid to provide additional protection to student loan recipients who become disabled after attending college, has presented a revamped set of rules for borrowers. The new rules, which would significantly affect borrowers who receive Social Security Disability payments, could lower the financial burden placed on university graduates who are too injured or sick to work. That means that some Georgia SSD recipients could have their student loans discharged faster than before.

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