1. Pay it off in full – Not typically an option because very rarely do the clients have the funds to do so.
2. Consolidation – Only takes about 90 days to consolidate and resolve CAIVRS issues. However, you push forward the last activity dates, DLA, and also introduce a new credit trade line that dilutes the length of the credit history. So you will normally see a drop in credit score.
3. Rehabilitation – It is the slowest of all the options, but is the best thing for the clients’ credit scores. It is a 9 month commitment and once the client makes 9 consecutive payments, they will change the collection status to a good standing status. This will typically net a 40-100 point boost in the score depending on how many other collections are on the credit report.
If your client does not know who is servicing the student loan, they can contact the Student Loan Default Resolution Team at 1-800-621-3115 or visit the website at myeddebt.ed.gov
Bonus Tip: Private student loans do not adhere to consolidation or rehabilitation rules. If the client has private student loans in collections they will need to pay them off in full, or they will need to set up a payment plan on them. They will still remain in collections with a payment, but if you can get a qualified credit score you can push forward the loan including the liability payment towards the debt to income ratio.
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