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Applying additional student loan payments directly to principal while on a income-based repayment plan

My sister has a federal student loan with a total balance of about 60K and an interest rate of 6%. Her income isn't high so she's eligible for an income based repayment plan with a monthly payment of ...
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Employer is making a student loan payment on my behalf. Does this need to be claimed as personal income?

As an incentive to employment my company is making a large lump sum payment towards my student loan debt, lets for this example say $5,000 (the real amount is different). They have inquired about my ...
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How to take care of multiple student loans (consolidation, payment strategies)

I've freshly graduated college. Here's my current standing: I estimate ~ $1200/month in free cash after bills/entertainment/etc. My loans are as follows (all US based): 1: Perkins Amount: 3,240 ...
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Does crossing tax bracket matter when choosing to repay loans early?

I am a recent college graduate with student loans and a job which puts me at the top of the 15% tax bracket. I'm not sure how my career will grow at this point, but I was thinking it's possible I'll ...
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Auto debit vs slight over-payment - which is better for a student loan?

I have a pair of student loans at 5.12% (the Sub and Unsub halves of a consolidation). My lender offers a 0.25% rate reduction if I sign-up or auto debit - but only if I terminate online billing. As ...
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Is it possible to re-consolidate student loans after marriage?

I consolidated my student loans down to two (for the Sub and Unsub halves) shortly after graduating college a few years ago. My wife never consolidated her loans. Is it possible to consolidate hers ...
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Can I refinance my student loans and keep an IBR plan?

I would like to refinance my federal student loans since they have a rather high interest rate of 7%. Is there any way I can refinance and still have some sort of income based repayment plan? The ...
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Calculating Various Aspects of An Investment

I will be entering a Ph.D. program this coming fall. At some point, I will have to add to my current student debt. Nevertheless, it's a done deal and I am definitely going. I (conservatively) ...
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Should I pay off student loans with existing retirement savings?

I am about to change jobs, I am 24 and have a little bit more than my current student loan debt saved in a retirement account. Once I leave my current employer, I basically get free reign over my ...
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How can I take out a loan to repay my parents for school debt?

Background I am in the US. I got into a great school for undergrad that was expensive. My parents hadn't prepared for this and borrowed against their home equity to help pay for it. The amount of ...
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Taking out a private loan to pay off student loans

My wife and I have a large sum of student loans (>150k together). She is now out of school and I'm in the latter years of a PhD program. So we both have steady incomes. My loans are from the ...
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Use Roth IRA to pay portion of federal student loans?

I'm a graduating medical student, and have ~$220,000 in student loans. The majority of this (~$180,000) is in federal student loans at 6.8%, with the rest being at a lower rate (4-5%). I also have ...
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Auto loan and student loan balance

I have a student loan of around INR 11,00,000 (~USD 18,240) at 13.7% APR. I have an auto loan in the US for USD 10,000 at 6.35% APR. I am aware of the high interest rate on my auto loan and wish to ...
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Is it bad to consolidate and pay off private student loans with margin from my brokerage account?

I have several private student loans that aren't eligible for debt forgiveness and with interest rates between 10-15%, for a total of about $30K. I think it would be easier to pay the loan down over ...
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Do I count as student loan interest the payments I make on a PLUS loan that was taken out for my tuition?

I took over paying my mother's monthly PLUS loan payments, taken out for my education. (Sallie Mae autodeducts the monthly payments from my checking account.) Can I count the 1098-E for that account ...
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Can I default on my student loans if I move to another country?

I am moving away from the USA and I don't really plan on coming back. What are the consequences if I stop paying my student loans? My current debt is ~50,000 USD in federal loans. I know next to ...
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Forgiveness and payments [duplicate]

I've read in several places around the Student Loans repayment policies and I see a lot of forgiveness perks for having made more than 125, or 300 payments. I am currently on the IBR repayment plan ...
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Why might it be advisable to keep student debt vs. paying it off quickly?

As of a couple weeks ago, I paid off all of my student debt. Hooray... But I have a friend named A who has a friend named B who is a financial advisor (a young so therefore perhaps ignorantly ...
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Debt Forgiveness - Extra Payments

Student loans can be forgiven after ten years of being a teacher (link). If there is no chance for a new teacher to pay off the loan in ten years, is there any benefit to pay anything other than the ...
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Which student loans to pay off first: Stafford or private?

I'm really trying to buckle down and get ride of my student debt. I currently have Stafford and Private loans (I owe more on my private loans). I'm wondering which are best to pay more towards? ...
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Re-financing/consolidating multiple student loans for medical school?

Currently my friend has 5-6 loans for medical school in the 6.8% to 7.9% interest rate. The loans are of type Stafford, Unstafford, Plus, and a few others. I looked at ...
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Loan with Sallie Mae at 16 without a Co-Signer

My mom got a loan out while I was in Cosmetology school and it was supposed to be for me but she ended up spending all of it. I was only Sixteen and the Sallie Mae person on the phone said I didnt ...
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$140,000 student debt. What are my options? Please help

As the title states, I am about to finish my PhD with $140,000 dollars worth of student debt. Assuming I even obtain my desired position—a university professor—my salary will be in the upper $40,000. ...
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Estate liability for co-signer to Sallie Mae student loan?

My son has student loans. I co-signed on three that are currently with Sallie Mae. He stopped paying so I am doing that in order to protect my own credit. What is my estate's liability should I die ...
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What expenses to include in student loans

I am considering going back to school to get my Masters and I will need to take out student loans to pay for it. I was speaking with financial aid at one of the schools I am looking at and they ...
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How should I handle student loans when leaving University and trying to buy a house?

I am currently in my last year of university and I am trying to figure out when I should buy a house. A couple of quick points: Senior in univeristy (graduate May, 2014) Already accepted an offer ...
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Is there a most efficient way to pay off multiple loans with the same interest rate?

My Situation: About $36k USD in graduate student loans. There are 4 different federal loans in play, each with a fixed rate of 6.8%. $12k w/ ~$1.2k in unpaid interest $10k w/ ~$1k in unpaid ...
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What are my options for paying off the large balance of my federal, high interest student loans?

I have a large student loan from grad school that's over $41,000. I graduated in 2007, before the economy crashed and I was locked into some very high interest rates. I consolidated the Plus and ...
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Should I just pay off my car and student loans?

Here are the loan details : Car Loan : 2.8% APR with a balance of $11,300 Student Loan : 3.0% APR with a balance of $7,300 I have enough cash to pay off both loans today. Should I pull the ...
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Verification of student loan amounts

I consolidated my student loan debt with FedLoan a year or two after graduation. Is there an easy way to verify that my current balances are accurate? Is this something an accountant would handle, or ...
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Getting around Gift Tax in US

I've been transferring money to my fiance's account to help her pay her student loans. I just realized that I went past my yearly gift tax allowance for her ($14,000 for 2013) by $3,000. I realize ...
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Financing Education through Credit Card or Student Loans

I'm currently back in school, full-time, for an MBA (20 month program). I don't need to worry about tuition, but I still need to pay for living expenses out of pocket. Should I rely on student ...
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My student loans are on an income-based repayment plan. How does this affect my debt-to-income ratio?

If my student loans are on an income-based repayment plan, how does that affect my debt-to-income ratio? Is it reported at the current amount I'm paying, or what I would have been paying if it weren't ...
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How should we prioritize retirement savings, paying down debt, and saving for a house?

My wife and I are newlyweds. We currently have 6 months' emergency fund (3 months are currently in a CD, and 3 months in a high-yield savings account.) We are contributing to get the full match in her ...
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Would student loan consolidation through a private party still be tax deductable?

I have a private party that would be interested in paying off my student loans and in turn, extend me a loan at a slightly reduced interest rate. This makes sense to me until I get to the point where ...
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What are the advantages or disadvantages of paying off student loans early? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Paying off student loans early/lump sum — best practices? I'm curious as to the advantages or disadvantages of paying off student loans early. I understand that interest ...
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Is $0 unpaid interest on a student loan effectively 0% APR?

I have two loans: Unsub Consolidation Loan and Subsidized Consolidation Loan, both at a 6.5% fixed rate. However, I've paid all the accrued interest. Therefore, if I were to "start fresh" today; would ...
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Do I have an option to transfer parent plus loans to myself?

My wife and I are currently about to start our payments for student loans. All of our loans are federal student loans through Direct Loans. We also have a parent plus loan, which is technically under ...
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Building Credit for a Young Person with No Credit

I don't have any credit established but I'm a computer programmer and I make pretty good money. I'm 21 and I would like to buy a new car. I can't get a loan because I don't have any credit and I've ...
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Any smart way to get the interest down on our student loans?

Trying to figure this out. I have a student loan $24,000 at 6.55% with Nelnet, and my wife has $48,000 at 5.2% with Mohelo. We have a home worth $220,000 with $40k in equity, and the rest at $180k at ...
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Can student loan minimum payments go up upon full repayment of another?

I am in the U.S. and currently paying off student loans. Here is a hypothetical situation that shows what I am asking about: I have 5 loans (all from one financial institution) of $1,000 a piece, ...
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How can I use my low credit card rate to save interest on my student loan payments?

I have student loans at a rate of 6.55%. I have zero credit card debt - and have a card with a rate of 6%. I have a comfortable amount saved for emergencies and have some extra income that can go ...
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Schooling - Pay in cash or take the subsidized loans?

I'm going back to school in about a month. I will be going after my bachelors degree in Information Technology with an emphasis in Software Development. I am in a position right now where I could ...
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Which graduate student loans are preferable?

It seems that subsidized loans will no longer be offered to graduate students studying in the US. Students will typically have two choices, Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Federal PLUS Loans. ...
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How to calculate outstanding Graduate Plus Loan balance currently in deferment?

Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong here? If I have a $56,500 loan and the interest rate is 7.9% how much will I owe after 8 months? I thought this would be fairly simple. I would ...
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Faster degree with debt or slower degree with no debt?

I'm looking at going back to school, and I have the option for two different speeds at which I could pursue my degree. The following numbers are assuming none of my credits transfer. They all should, ...
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How do Income Contingent student loan payment plans work?

In order to benefit from Public Service Loan Forgiveness, I need to select a payment plan that leaves a balance on year ten. Thus far I've focused on Income Based Repayment, which is a newer option ...
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FAFSA: Do I still report my parents' income if I am not claimed as dependent?

I'm 19 and it's nearly time to fill out the FAFSA again. Most of the time, until you're 24 (or is it 25?) you report your parents' income on the FAFSA. However, my parents do not claim me as a ...
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How will I pay for college?

The SAT is coming up soon for me and, with it, everything college. I had held the impression that I was just going to rack up student loans, go to college, and then pay them off with whatever job I ...
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Can a debt collector deny a consolidation?

I've asked this question below... Can a debt collector garnish my wage without a judgment? but thought it be better the break these up into seperate questions... PHEA, who is acting as a debt ...