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Student Loan Payment - A Repayment Plan

Mar 20, 2008
A student loan payment plan is often neglected as part of the student loan process. The time will arrive when the student loan payment needs to be repaid. Having a sound re-payment plan initially will not only make life easier when the loan is due but more importantly will prepare your mind. Having a mental target of knowing what the outcome will need to be means knowing when your student loan payment is due and how much it will be at a known time.

Calculating payments using a Standard Loan Repayment plan you'll pay a fixed amount each month until your loans are paid in full. The monthly repayments will be a minimum of $50.00, and the repayment period will be 10 years

If the new graduate has a well laid out financial plan that can be monitored by realizing pre determined goals, the debt burden will be somewhat easier. Most graduates will have some financial hardship when starting out, however defaulting on student loan payments can not only hurt in the immediate term but can cause problems later on when applying for other loans.

Ways to Help Student Loan Repayments.

Set out a budget of how much money you need for your studies, list the things that you need for the semester or school year in one column and the amount of money that you will need for these things in another column. Then calculate your expected income. The shortfall will be the amount you require for your loan.

Most students will have more than one loan, by consolidating student loans you may get some payment relief. Depending on the amount of your student loan debt you may consider combining all of your student loans into one consolidated loan, doing so can lengthen your repayment term from the standard 10 years to up to 30 years, but reducing the monthly repayments.

Having lower monthly payments on your student loan means being able to meet other costs such as computers, housing, off campus housing, cars, transportation, books and other related expenses such as travel, study abroad and other living expenses. Also if you are able to make extra repayments, and you will as time goes by, this will reduce the loans interest payments.

Government subsidies on student loans are also available for those that qualify. With government student loan repayment subsidized loans the government will pay the initial interest before the student loans repayment starts, any amounts paid by the student is then applied to the principle balance of the loan. The student can reduce the total amount of the debt by making payments during the initial grace period.

The government can also allow part of a loan to be forgiven by the student volunteering for various organizations. These include military service, teaching, or undertaking medical or legal service in certain locations.

Having a well thought out student loan payment plan and looking at repayment opportunities before taking out a student loan will certainly assist quicker and a smoother ride to getting debt free as soon as possible.
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Joel Davis is the publisher and editor of the www.studentloan-blog.com, a site that provides information and articles for Student loans
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