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How Can I Get My Name Off this Student Loan?

Posted August 15, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014

WRAL Reader Question

Dear Steve,

I have a parent student loan. I took it out because I was informed by the school my son was not eligible to take out a loan under his name. The loan is in my name , through Sallie Mae, they are unwilling to change to my son name, even thought he is paying the loan.

What can be done? I am looking to alternative to get this loan transferred . Please let me know if this is possible.

Edwin

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Dear Edwin,

It's your loan and ultimately you alone are responsible for it. 

It sounds as if this is a private student loan but in case it is a federal student loan that is simply being serviced by Sallie Mae then you may be eligible to consolidate it into a new loan that could be repaid under an income based plan.

You could have the loan transferred to your son if the lender allowed it, which is doubtful. Outside of that the only other way to get your name off the loan would be to pay it off.

The good news here is it sounds as if your son is making the payments.

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Steve Rhode
WRAL Get Out of Debt Guy

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Steve Rhode has had careers in opthalmology, real estate and as the head of a nonprofit debt counseling firm. On his blog, he offers hard-won, free advice about getting out of debt, consolidation and making the right choices as you manage your money.