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Anorexic student Averil Hart 'failed by every NHS body'

Anorexic student Averil Hart 'failed by every NHS body'

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA teenager who "starved to death" in a matter of weeks was failed by "every NHS organisation that should have cared for her", a review has found.Averil Hart, 19, died in 2012 after her anorexia rapidly worsened at university in Norwich.Her father Nicholas said in just 10 weeks she went from being fit and healthy to "being at death's door".The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) found her death could and should have been prevented.The NHS services involved say changes have been made, with one saying it accepted the report's findings.Miss Hart, the youngest of three sisters, from Newton, near Sudbury, became unwell after her A-levels and spent 10 months as an in-patient at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.She was discharged to stud...
New employee perk: $100 a month for your student loans

New employee perk: $100 a month for your student loans

Finance
How to talk to your kid about paying for collegeElaine Florentino landed a job as an accountant as soon as she graduated college, but she still worries about paying off her student debt. Luckily her employer, PwC, is offering some help. The auditing firm was one of the first companies to give employees some extra cash -- on top of their salary -- that goes directly toward their student loan bills. PwC launched its Student Loan Paydown benefit in January 2016, just a few months after Florentino started her job. Eligible workers receive $ 100 a month for up to six years. She borrowed about $ 57,000 to get her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Bentley University, a private school in Massachusetts. About 20% of her take-home pay goes to her student loans. "When I got my salary, I thought i...
Public workers can now apply for student loan forgiveness

Public workers can now apply for student loan forgiveness

Finance
Public workers worry about this loan forgiveness programThose seeking student loan forgiveness from the government's public service program can finally start the application process. After 10 years, the form was made available Friday. At least 600,000 people have expressed interest in receiving debt relief from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which promises to cancel remaining debt for qualifying public workers after they make 10 years' worth of monthly payments. The program launched in 2007 under President George W. Bush's administration. It makes it possible for many people who have big student loans to stay in lower-paying jobs that serve the public, like teachers and public defenders. October will be the first time anyone will have made enough payments to qualify for de...
If you have student loan debt, you might also need life insurance

If you have student loan debt, you might also need life insurance

Finance
Taking out a life insurance policy as a new college graduate may not be top of mind, but it's worth exploring if you have student loans. Some of that debt can live on, even if you die."That's not something that college-age students and their parents tend to think about," said Betsy Mayotte, director of consumer outreach and compliance for American Student Assistance, a nonprofit focused on higher education financing.Four in 10 student borrowers now owe at least $ 20,000 at graduation, double the share from a decade ago, according to a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Over the same period, the number of those owing at least $ 50,000 has more than tripled, from 5 percent to 16 percent of borrowers.If a relative or friend has co-signed on a student loan for you, and y...
Percentage of college graduates owing $20,000 in student loan debt doubles in 10 years

Percentage of college graduates owing $20,000 in student loan debt doubles in 10 years

Finance
As college costs rise and incomes fail to keep pace, the problem of student loan debt has become exponentially worse.Now, nearly half of student loan borrowers owe at least $ 20,000 when they graduate, double the share a decade ago, according to a recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Meanwhile, the percentage of borrowers who owe $ 50,000 or more has tripled over the same time period.More from College Game Plan:The first steps to repaying your student debtThree ways to avoid the financial death spiral of defaulting on your student loansThis student debt strategy can save you more than $ 18,600Fewer are also paying down their debt within five years, the report said."People are taking on more student debt later in life, and having a tougher time paying it back," CFPB di...