[-$18,000] Let the Countdown Begin

The New Job

Next week, I walk into the unknown. Things feel a little scary already.  I really, really hope things go well, or at least well enough to get me through the next several months. In any event, my days of freedom are nearing their end, one by one.      Read More

Student Loan News: Earnest Dies and Navient Takes Over Its Lifeless Body

‘Edgar’, Men in Black movie

Earnest Dies and Navient Takes Over Its Lifeless Body (repost)

One year ago, back in October of 2017, I wrote this post about Navient buying then student loan darling, Earnest. I mentioned the lawsuit against Navient, and borrowers likely concerns, as well as the founder-CEO’s impassioned plea to calm nerves and stem a possible mass exodus of customers. Borrowers were assured that Earnest would remain independent and that they would continue to be taken care of like they always had been.

Turns out the borrower concerns were well justified. One year later, that impassioned CEO, has collected a big payout check and left the company. Navient has installed new leadership and control.     Read More

Student Loan News: Earnest Acquired by Navient

If you have a student loan and are looking to re-finance with Earnest, or already have refinanced with them, news broke today that they have just been acquired by Navient for $155 Million.

Read about it here (BizJournal), here (Wall Street Journal) , or here (Earnest Blog).

Earnest, has been a popular financial technology startup since it’s creation in 2013. Like SoFi, CommonBond, and other such lenders, Earnest uses technology and data analysis to identify lower risk borrowers in ways that were not readily available in the past. This kind of lending model is a lucrative area that Navient has been eyeing for a while.   Read More