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Beware of student loan scams

Beware of student loan scams

by Kimberly Gilmartin, Times Contributor

November 11, 2014


Filed under Student Legal Clinc

Recently there has been an influx of students in my office with complaints of being victimized by student loan scams. Students need to be fully informed about the varied borrowing options, their interest rates and repayment terms. Scammers, along with legitimate companies, sense the fear among borrowers...

Phishing: Don’t get caught

by by Kim Gilmartin, Times Contributor

October 15, 2014


Filed under Student Legal Clinc, Top Stories

Students are a prime target for phishing scams. Phishing is a term used to describe a method of social engineering wherein the sender attempts to trick people into disclosing private information. This is done by sending a phony email or text, typically offering easy ways to make money, which appears...

If looking to rent but don’t have money for the deposit, here is some help

If looking to rent but don’t have money for the deposit, here is some help

by Mary O’Leary, Times Contributor

February 25, 2014


Filed under Student Legal Clinc

Dear Student Legal Clinic, I found an apartment to rent, but I only have enough money for rent and not the security deposit. Is there any place that helps with security deposits? Signed Harold Dear Harold, Community Advocates has a program called the Security Deposit Guarantee Program. You must...

Help for students who are having problems with FoodShare program

Help for students who are having problems with FoodShare program

February 10, 2014


Filed under Student Legal Clinc

Dear Student Legal Clinic, I was told that I am no longer eligible for FoodShare because I am a college student and my youngest just turned 6. I was told I have to work 20 hours a week or become a work/study student. I am in the culinary program. Signed, Cindy   Dear Cindy, This...

What you can do when trying to enroll in BaderCare

What you can do when trying to enroll in BaderCare

December 10, 2013


Filed under Student Legal Clinc

Dear Student Legal Clinic, I heard about the delay in enrolling in BadgerCare if I have no minor children.  My children are in their 20s.  I make about $12,500, but my income fluctuates.  What should I do? Signed Belnita Dear Belnita, You will qualify for a Federal subsidy to buy health insurance...

Start your search for health insurance here

Start your search for health insurance here

November 20, 2013


Filed under Student Legal Clinc

Dear Student Legal Clinic, I am worried about the new Health Care Law.  I am low income and I don’t think I can spend any money on health insurance even if I get a subsidy.  Where do I start? I have not had health insurance for five years since I lost my job. Signed Alaina Dear Alaina, First...

Grant to help with energy bills

Grant to help with energy bills

November 6, 2013


Filed under Student Legal Clinc

Dear Student Legal Clinic, I was unable to work this summer since I needed to take care of my grandmother who was sick with cancer.  She has since passed.  Now I have fallen behind with WE Energies.  I can’t study if they turn off the heat and lights. Where can I get help? Signed Holly Dear...

Problems with Crisis Energy Assistance money

Problems with Crisis Energy Assistance money

October 16, 2013


Filed under Student Legal Clinc

Dear Student Legal Clinic, My electricity has been turned off.  I went to apply for Energy Assistance and they said I wasn’t eligible for Crisis Energy Assistance payments although I got the regular payment. Signed Perry Dear Perry, It is important to remember that Energy Assistance is not...

Help available for purchasing homes

Help available for purchasing homes

October 3, 2013


Filed under Student Legal Clinc

Dear Student Legal Clinic, I am working part time and I am enrolled in the human service program.  I would like to find out how to buy my own house because I have lived in two houses that went into foreclosure.  How can I get started with this process? Signed Paris Dear Paris, You have asked...

Health Care Reform abolishes Badger Care

Health Care Reform abolishes Badger Care

September 18, 2013


Filed under Student Legal Clinc

Dear Student Legal Clinic, I have been on the waiting list for Badger Care Core for two years.  Do you know how fast the list is moving? Signed Karola Dear Karola, The new Health Care Reform Law is due to be implemented in January 2014.  Therefore, the State of Wisconsin will abolish Badger Care...

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