United Way Workshop: New student loan guidelines make it easier to secure mortgage

United Way Workshop: New student loan tips make it simpler to safe mortgage

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Students from Miles College. Photo through Miles College

Are your student loans stopping you from securing a mortgage to buy a dream residence? 

According to a latest United Way of Central Alabama workshop about faculty debt and new Federal Housing Administration — FHA residence loan tips, assistance is on the way in which.

United Way Student Loan Workshop

Many students are strolling on a sidewalk on the primary day of sophistication for the Spring 2020 semester. Photo courtesy of UAB

Raise your hand in case you are nonetheless paying off these pesky student loans. You are usually not alone.

In February 2021, greater than 45 million debtors collectively owed $1.7 trillion in student loan debt. That’s trillion with a capital T.

College debt within the U.S. retains rising and rising. Check out these eye-popping numbers:

  • Student loan debtors now graduate with a mean of $37,172 in student loan debt.
  • In a latest Nitro survey 41% of individuals with student loans mentioned they wouldn’t have the ability to afford a shock invoice of $400.

Educating and offering assets to Central Alabama residents about monetary issues is what the United Way’s Financial Stability Partnership does finest.

Earlier this month, the partnership held a useful hour-long digital workshop on student loans. 

During the workshop, two native United Way companions gave shows and answered questions with native members. They had been:


Photo courtesy of Birmingham-Southern College

New Student Loan FHA Guidelines

The workshop was well timed and informative. One of the principle takeaways was how student loans might have an effect on the mortgage course of, because of  incoming modifications by the Biden Administration to  FHA necessities. The new guidelines go into impact August 15.  

READ:   Federal Student Loans | Department of Financial Services

These latest reforms, which had been rolled out in June, will profit debtors as a result of it permits lenders to not be as strict relative to borrowing limits for individuals with student loans. 

Why does that matter? Over 80 p.c of FHA-insured mortgages are for first-time homebuyers. FHA estimates that greater than 45 p.c of those debtors even have student loan debt. 


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Brown Hall, inbuilt 1927, represents one of many older buildings on the Miles College campus. Photo by Bham Now

Each speaker on the workshop not solely gave recommendation, however additionally they informed tales about their very own expertise with student debt.

They every concurred that in case you want help and/or data coping with present student loans——the very best factor to do is  contact your present student loan service instantly through cellphone.

Birmingham-Southern’s Melissa Burgett additionally inspired folks to go to www.studentaid.gov. In reality, that’s everybody’s “go to” useful resource in case you want solutions.

In addition to the www.studentaid.gov – United Way additionally recommends these hyperlinks:

Locally, in case you want additional help or data, name United Way’s 2-1-1.

About the United Way’s Financial Stability Partnership

Group of smiling students are strolling and standing on a sidewalk on the Campus Green on the primary day of sophistication for the Spring 2020 semester.Photo courtesy of UAB

United Way’s Financial Stability Partnership consists of greater than 100 companions statewide targeted on serving to hard-working households change into and stay economically safe. 

The coalition offers instruments to low-to-moderate earnings people in order that they’ve the required expertise to climate life’s surprising challenges and to develop monetary planning methods to assist these people emerge stronger than they had been earlier than the hardship.

The UWCA offers workshops just like the one on student loans typically twice per thirty days. These workshops are on matters like homeownership 101, Buying vs. Renting, Financial Stress Busters, You and Your Credit and way more.  

READ:   Student Loan Programs by State

The upcoming workshops in August will concentrate on Fighting Fraud and Identity Theft (August tenth) and Small Business “Making Small Business Your Business” (August twenty fifth). Check the United Way web site nearer to the occasion for on-line registration data.

Sponsored by:

  • Pat Byington

    Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director on the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for greater than 18 years. Career highlights embrace taking part in an lively function within the creation of Alabama’s Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of particular locations all through the East by way of the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making extra stringent) the state of Alabama’s most cancers danger and mercury requirements.