Borrowers who become disabled can have their loans discharged, but they must pay income taxes associated with the amount forgiven.
Nearly one in three nonelderly black Americans have past-due medical bills—a concerning number given the consequences for physical and financial health.
Each year, roughly one in four American families will face an “income shock,” like losing a job or experiencing a sudden health or work limitation.
Lower rates of health insurance coverage and wealth accumulation are making it harder for younger generations to pay off past-due medical bills.
Spousal and survivor benefits are often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for the non-working spouse, but worth far less if both spouses work.
In a new study, participants offered financial coaching had an average debt reduction of $10,644 more than those who were not offered services.
Coaching helps people across the income spectrum set goals and plan concrete steps to meet intermediate- and long-term financial goals.
A typical couple retiring today will receive about $1 million in cash and health benefits; many millennials will receive $2 million or more.