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Dealing With Your Student Loans

Aug 8, 2008
Certain Eastern philosophies believe the world is eternally striving for balance. When it comes to college, this is never more apparent than when the joy of graduating from college is matched against the horror of the first student loan payment bill.

If you are like most new graduates you will be graduating with a degree in one hand and mind boggling debt in the other. Todays grads face up to $20,000 worth of student loans and that is nothing to laugh about. Those hefty bills can seem downright overwhelming at first, but there are a few ways to pay them off.

You graduated a month ago and get that first bill. You owe $$350 on your loans. Each month. For the next 10 years. Welcome to the real world! So, what do you do? One option is to defer payments until you can get on your feet. Ask your lender.

Ah, but what if you have a job waiting for you when you graduate? Deferal is no long an option. This creates a problem since most starting positions do not exactly pay a lot. To make ends meet, many use a trick to lower their month payments.

Make no mistake. The loan consolidation is a faustian proposition. You get relief in the form of lower monthly payments, but you will pay much more over the length of the loan. Why? The repayment term is extended to 30 years or more.

If you pay off the consolidation loan for the full 30 years, it is a vast financial mistake. To make it work for you, make one extra payment a year whenever you can. You will cut the repayment term down by half or more.

Student loans are a necessity for most college students. They are pretty easy to get, but that can be dangerous. Make sure you fully understand the repayment obligation or you will having the loans hang around your financial neck for a very long time.

The first thing to understand about repaying student loans is you will eventually pay them off if you stick with it. Pay anything extra you can afford whenever you can do so. Even fifty dollars a month can make a world of difference.
About the Author
While the vast majority of people need to take out student loans to attend college, David Thomas writes about how many also need to consolidate federal student loans after graduation.
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