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Does large law school debt prevent a govt security clearance?

Hello Headhunters have recently contacted me about working trijocker04/07/17
As long as your credit score is good, you're fine. lawrunner31704/07/17
Second this. Secrets are a cake walk btw. jddidtie04/08/17
Yeah, it's not a problem. It didn't affect mine, and I've ne perkinwarbeck04/07/17
There's a girl in my office with nearly 250k in student loan flyer1404/07/17
You would only have to worry if you have a history of not pa kickflipninja04/09/17
It depends on the government agency. Some agencies are "mor sanka04/11/17
In the "more equal" agencies, instead of being hired than fi sanka04/11/17
trijocker (Apr 7, 2017 - 5:27 pm)

Hello
Headhunters have recently contacted me about working for Government contractor that require a security clearance. When I did this work years ago, a secret level was not required, now that times have changed. My credit rating is good, but I do have large law school loans, approx 150k and I do not want to accept the job and then get fired if they cannot clear me with the feds.

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lawrunner317 (Apr 7, 2017 - 5:32 pm)

As long as your credit score is good, you're fine.

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jddidtie (Apr 8, 2017 - 1:37 pm)

Second this. Secrets are a cake walk btw.

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perkinwarbeck (Apr 7, 2017 - 7:13 pm)

Yeah, it's not a problem. It didn't affect mine, and I've never heard of it having done so with others.

You would think that having $150k of debt hanging over your head would make you vulnerable to foreign agents or other bad actors who could offer to clear that debt, but I didn't make the rules and I'm not going to start complaining about them.

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flyer14 (Apr 7, 2017 - 8:23 pm)

There's a girl in my office with nearly 250k in student loans, plus credit cards, car payment, and house payment that she admits she shouldn't have qualified for. And she works in a secured office.

150k is the least of your worries.

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kickflipninja (Apr 9, 2017 - 1:07 pm)

You would only have to worry if you have a history of not paying your debts. And that doesn't include deferments and forbearances, but straight up defaulting on loans. If you've been paying the loans back, you're fine just like all the other people with BIGDEBT from student loans who have Secret or TS clearances.

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sanka (Apr 11, 2017 - 9:36 am)

It depends on the government agency. Some agencies are "more equal" than others.

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sanka (Apr 11, 2017 - 9:40 am)

In the "more equal" agencies, instead of being hired than fired, you simply would not pass initial screening.

Unless you are like those 4 people who got fired from the White House. Then I suppose like one of them you could go work at the Department of Treasury. I guess Treasury doesn't care. As long as their secret service guys get their prostitute appointments......

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