Student loans are often very difficult to settle, because they are generally not dischargeable in bankruptcy. That being said, studnet loan lenders will settle these loans, particularly if they have not been paid on for some time.
I would be more that willling to attempt settlement on your behalf. www.michielawfirm.com
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The ability to settle depends on certain factors, is it a private student loan or guaranteed loan; what are your financial circumstances, do you have the money to make a lump sum payment? But settlements are difficult. With guaranteed loans, there are rules and the settlement amounts that the Dept. of Education authorizes are not very favourable to debtors; if we are dealing with private student loans, then settlements become "relatively" easier and we look for ways to find collection violations to bring some leverage to the table.