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Spouse has student loans...is there any benefits available to us?
Last Post 11 Feb 2011 08:41 PM by southern118. 6 Replies.
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30 Jan 2011 12:06 PM
    I'm enlisted, and my spouse is not.

    She has a decent amount of student loans after just finishing her Masters degree. We can handle them, but it would be helpful if there were any benefits available that I could utilize.

    I know there is the Soldiers' and Sailors' Act, but I'm not sure if it applies. Some of her student loans will have higher than 6% interest, so it would be nice to bring them down to 6%.

    I'm probably going to use my chain of command and see what's available, but I figured I'd try to educate myself a little before I go to them.

    Any info?

    Thanks.
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    30 Jan 2011 01:01 PM
    As far as paying off loans I don't know of anything off hand. You could check out the stipulations for a Mutual Assistance Loan, typically its for emergency use only, but the program may have expanded in the last few years. My only other recommendation is the obligatory google search.
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    30 Jan 2011 02:45 PM
    Your chain of command is your best bet. I have not heard of anything that will cover a spouses financials.
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    30 Jan 2011 03:04 PM
    Thanks for the replies.

    I did some google-ing, but didn't see much, and still can't tell for sure if the Soldier's and Sailor's applies. I'll see what I can find out through my command, and post up if I have any luck. I figure there wont be much...but thought I'd ask.
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    30 Jan 2011 03:12 PM
    Thinga like that, the answer might be no but unless you ask, you will never know for certain! Good luck, even if the interest rate can be brought down, that would be a good thing. Congratulations on the Mrs. getting her Masters. That's really terrific, quite an accomplishment to be proud of.
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    30 Jan 2011 08:25 PM
    Old Guard,

    Thanks. She worked her tail off, and we both had to deal with living apart for over 2 years...but it will be worth it in the end. She has her dream career now...and I'm working towards mine. Now we just have to pay for it! lol We can, and will, just thought i'd see if anything was out there.

    Oh yea...lets not forget we'll have 8-10 more months of living apart once I get to the airman program and A school...grrrr, lol

    Hope your son is doing well!

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    11 Feb 2011 08:41 PM
    The sailor service relief act will work on loans before joining. The other part is on federal laws they will not work.
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