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Congratulations on managing this. I had similar situations, but a high-ranking person at DoEd took a dislike to me. Somehow they accrued interest to my loans even while I was in deferment, then used many Enron-style accounting tricks to add fees and interest. Net result: $10,400 borrowed in 1983 (consolidation year). Total payments to DoEd: $5,900. Total time in (theoretical) deferment, 1983 to 2000: 15 years (out of the 17), during which I made payments. Due as of 1/1/2000: $29,500.

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