LSS offers free student loan help

Student loan help is available for free from Lutheran Social Services. Shannon Doyle, Program Manager of Financial Education with LSS, says the CARES Act from Congress has suspended payments and dropped the interest rate to 0 on those loans.  Private borrowers may also be able to access debt relief, as many private lenders are offering reduced interest and suspended payments for student loans. LSS financial services can be reached at 888-577-2277, or online at lssmn.org/studentdebt. Appointments are currently being held over the phone due to the pandemic. The closest LSS office is in Brainerd.

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Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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