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Consumer Debt Facts in College

Alaska Consumer Debt Accumulation by County

College Consumer Debt Accumulation

$206 dollars in debt in 2016

The average College resident accumulated $206 dollars in debt in 2016. College citizens racked up a total of $3.0 million in debt in the 2016 fiscal year.

What are the Debt Consolidation Options available in College?

Facing Debt: You have options

If you've got some serious debt accumulating, it can be extremely daunting. When the bills keep piling up, and you might not know where to turn to for help. Maybe you've heard a bit about debt consolidation but aren't too sure on how it can help you climb your way out from the hole you're in.

Debt consolidation doesn't have to be scary, and there are many options which will help you get out of debt faster. Research all of your options and then pick the one that works best for you and your financial situation.

Secured Debt Consolidation Loans in College

Typically a secured debt consolidation loan allows you to lump most of your debt payments under a single bill at a lower rate than the individual rates you may have been getting. However, in order to secure a lower rate with a secured debt consolidation loan, you must have some type of asset to use as collateral, such as your home. More information on that can be found below.

How much of a loan you can get depends on the type of collateral you have and how much it's worth. These types of loans can also be repaid back over a long length of time, anywhere from 5 to 30 years, and they can often boost your credit rating if managed properly. Otherwise, you risk defaulting on the loan and losing the asset used as collateral.

Unsecured Debt Consolidation Loans in College

Much like a secured debt consolidation loan, an unsecured debt consolidation loan lets you combine your debt payments under one lump sum with one interest rate. However, unlike a secured debt consolidation loan, you're not required to have an asset or collateral to receive such a loan.

Because you aren't offering up any collateral for such a loan, it's a much riskier loan for debt consolidators, and your interest rate could be somewhat high. These loans are determined according to your credit history and score, and the upside to an unsecured debt consolidation loan is that you aren't in jeopardy of losing your asset should you default.

Using a Home Equity Loan as Debt Consolidation in AK

A home equity loan lets you borrow money, using your home as collateral. This home equity loan is essentially a second mortgage that allows you to turn the equity on your home (the money your property is worth minus the amount you owe on it) into cash to be used at your discretion, such as debt consolidation. These loans are set up to be repaid quicker than your mortgage in equal payments with a fixed interest rate.

Home equity loans are secured loans which have the same risks and rewards already mentioned.

There are also programs which permit you to consolidate all of your credit card debt into one single payment (and interest rate). If you've got good credit, you could also be able to negotiate a lower interest rate on your credit cards, making it easier to repay.

Another option is to qualify for a new credit card at a low introductory interest rate (possibly as low as 0%) and transfer your credit card balance to your new card. While you're in your interest free rate, you should pay double payments in order to pay off your debt faster. But understand that the interest may very well be fairly high after the promotional period. Consider this way of consolidating debt only if you know you can pay off the debt while the introductory rate is in effect.

Another option with respect to debt consolidation is to enroll in a debt management program. A credit counseling agency will help you set up a debt management plan to help you pay off your debt as quickly as possible. This agency will also usually negotiate with your debtors so that they can reduce interest rates and fees.

Once the repayments are negotiated you will usually set up an account with the credit counseling agency and pay one lump sum a month into the account. The credit counseling agency will then disburse the payments out to each creditor. This benefits you because you only have to make one payment, and additionally it gives creditors more assurance that your payments will be made on time every month.

Credit counseling agencies can also help you develop a budget that's simple for you to follow and help alleviate some of the stress your debt has been causing you. If you stick to the plan a debt management program can help you save money, get rid of debt sooner and have a positive effect on your credit score.

Debt settlement is a strategy intended to pay off debts for less than you owe in a timeframe less than if you pay the debt in full. Debt Settlements are usually reserved for higher debt amounts of at least $10,000. Usually, the consumer enlists the help of a professional debt settlement company and/or lawfirm.

Those who choose to settle their debt can end up paying less than the full amount they owe. You will usually damage your credit in the short term, and there is a risk of litigration from creditors.

If you are serious about settling your debt, give us a call and we will see if you qualify.

Consumers have recently filed 10 debt or credit card complaints in College.

Date Company and Reason
10/23/2017 A complaint against National Credit Adjusters, LLC filed on 10/23/2017 alleges that National Credit Adjusters, LLC is utilizing inappropriate communication tactics with the consumer during debt collection attempts.
04/21/2016 A complaint against Southwest Credit Systems, L.P. was filed on 04/21/2016 regarding debt collection practices
04/21/2016 A complaint against ERC was filed on 04/21/2016 regarding debt collection practices
11/30/2015 A complaint against Dynamic Recovery Solutions, LLC was filed on 11/30/2015 regarding debt collection practices
06/08/2015 A complaint against Western Portfolio Assets was filed on 06/08/2015 regarding debt collection practices
11/21/2014 A complaint against Credit Protection Association, L.P. was filed on 11/21/2014 regarding debt collection practices
07/29/2014 A complaint against EXPERT GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, INC. was filed on 07/29/2014 regarding debt collection practices
07/15/2014 A complaint against Vital Solutions, Inc. was filed on 07/15/2014 regarding debt collection practices
07/04/2014 A complaint against Windham Professionals, Inc. filed on 07/04/2014 alleges that Windham Professionals, Inc. is utilizing inappropriate communication tactics with the consumer during debt collection attempts.
02/13/2013 A complaint against WELLS FARGO & COMPANY was filed on 02/13/2013 regarding credit card practices

Last updated: 2018-04-12

Top Reasons for Debt in College


The single most common form of debt help that people seek is for credit cards that got out of control.


If you are going through a change in marital status in College and can't pay all of the bills, we may be able to help.

Job Loss

When unemployment in College rises, many consumers are left unable to pay their bills. Debt management options are available.

Medical Bills

Unexpected medical expenses happen. A simple treatment can be billed at outrageous rates. Many consumers prefer to settle their medical debt.

Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska annual city consumer debt rankings are in. We have analyzed the average consumer spending behavior across 6 cities and towns in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK. The average citizen in College is spending approximately $206 more dollars than they earned annually, compared to the average of $296 across Alaska. All statistics according to the latest data(2016).

Highest Debt Cities in Fairbanks North Star Borough Alaska

  1. North Pole ranks 1st out of 6 cities in Fairbanks North Star Borough in consumer debt accumulation with $157 per resident on average in 2016.
  2. Badger ranks 2nd out of 6 cities in Fairbanks North Star Borough in consumer debt accumulation with $169 per resident on average in 2016.
  3. Steele Creek ranks 3rd out of 6 cities in Fairbanks North Star Borough in consumer debt accumulation with $181 per resident on average in 2016.
  4. College ranks 4th out of 6 cities in Fairbanks North Star Borough in consumer debt accumulation with $206 per resident on average in 2016.
  5. Ester ranks 5th out of 6 cities in Fairbanks North Star Borough in consumer debt accumulation with $221 per resident on average in 2016.
  6. Fairbanks ranks 6th out of 6 cities in Fairbanks North Star Borough in consumer debt accumulation with $303 per resident on average in 2016.
How does Fairbanks North Star Borough rank in Alaska?
Alaska County Debt Distribution

2 counties in Alaska accumulated $500+ in debt in 2016. College averaged $206 per resident.

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