Hello everyone. I'm having some problems with a student loan that was taken out and I need some advice.
I live in Arizona.
When I was 15 my mom took out a student loan under my name. I am now 24. I got a copy of the loan papers and she filled them out and forged my signature. They sent two checks which she cashed and used to move into a new house and furnish it. I did take one semester at school but the cost wasn't over $400. My mom paid for that portion of it but at the time I didn't know she was doing it with a loan she took out under my name. The loan is for over $10000 and I am receiving collections calls about it. They are also taking my tax returns and applying them towards the debt.
I have spoken with the collection agency but I can never get a straight answer of what to do. One guy said I needed 10 documents that I signed at the time of the loan application to prove it's not my signature. Another said I need to hire a handwriting specialist. I also brought up the point that I was 15 when it was taken out but they said it doesn't matter.
My mother also tried to get the loan discharged a few years after it was taken out. She send a discharge request under my name stating I was disabled and wasn't able to repay the loan. I guess she thought it could come back to her somehow. That never went through and they denied it.
I don't care if my mom is arrested or brought up on charges. This isn't the only time she has done something like this.
I don't have much money and probably can't afford a lawyer. Does anyone have any advice or somewhere I can get information on what to do?
I did a little research at the federal student loan website but it wasn't too helpful.
I'd appreciate any help.