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Are My Parents Responsible For The Educational Loans I Have Taken Out ?

No. Parents will only be responsible for your educational loans if you are under 18 and they cosign your loan. In general you and you alone are responsible for repaying your educational loans. Parents are responsible for the Federal PLUS loans only. If your parents want to help pay off your education loans, you can have your billing statements sent to their address. Also, if your lender provides an electronic payment service where the monthly payments are automatically deducted from a bank account, your parents can agree to have the payments deducted from their account. Your parents are under no legal obligation to repay your loans. If they forget to pay the bill on time or decide to cancel the electronic payment agreement, you will be held responsible for the payments, not them.

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