A student loan is a loan taken for the purpose of education. Ideally the country tag should also be used as the response may differ based on the country.

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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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Paying loan more than the monthly limit vs keeping the extra in a bank or investment

I have a student loan (9% interest rate) which I have to pay within the next two year. Since I have a secure job I know I will finish paying within two years even with the minimum monthly payment. ...
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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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What to do or watch out for when school loans are transfered?

I received an email today informing me that one of my student loans has been transfered (Email is below). Besides following the instructions in the email and some due diligence to make sure this is ...
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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 ...
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Can a debt collector garnish my wage without a judgment?

I am going through student loan hell. Trying to consolidate loans and running into walls (repeatedly). I am getting overwhelmed. Can a debt collector garnish my wage without a judgment? I am trying ...
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Improving credit score by taking on spouse debt, possible?

My wife and I recently purchased a car, during the process I was shocked to learn my credit score was below average (no debt, healthy credit limit and always paid balances in full, good income) while ...
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How do I fill out my FAFSA form if my mom has two jobs?

My mom gets two separate W-2 forms from two separate jobs. How do I take this into account when filling out my FAFSA form?
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What does “parity” mean with regards to student loans?

I read in a newspaper that interest on part-time student loans was made the same as a full time student's loan in order to "achieve parity between part-time and full-time student loan programs" ...
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How can I pay off tuition fees from a past semester so that I can enrol in school again?

I still owe my tuition fees for a university of California school from fall 2010. I have been out of school since then with two semesters to go before I can graduate. I've been trying to take out a ...
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Student loans in IBR plan, should I pay more on them or pay more on our mortgage?

My husband purchased his house a year ago. We are looking into making it an investment property. We want to fix it up and pay off a reasonable chunk of the mortgage to hopefully have a good return ...
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Best strategy for paying off my multiple student loans?

I have a massive amount of student loans (master's degree overseas, basically traded the extra money for about 2-3 years of my life due to differing lengths of education). Now that I have a job and ...
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Should I pay off my 50K of student loans as quickly as possible, or steadily? Why?

I was an idiot in college. I basically just used student loans and got very few grants. I also spent way too much time in there. I now have two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree. About 7 ...
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Would consolidating my student loans improve my credit score?

I graduated college a few years ago and have roughly $12,000 in student loan debt left. Even though I make 1 monthly payment, the loan shows up on my credit score as 6 installment loans. When I go to ...
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Can I personally start and use a 529 college savings account?

I am still a college student, and I am currently working. I am taking out loans for my tuition costs and paying for the rest of my expenses out of pocket (from my job). Yet I was wondering if I could ...
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What are my options to deal with Student Loansharks?

So I had about $16k in student loans. I defaulted on the loans, and they got passed to a collection type agency (EOSCCA). The collection agency tacked another $4k onto the loans. I spoke with a ...
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How do I set up the formulas to properly split monthly loan payments to principal and interest?

This has been a small annoyance for months now: the formulas GNUCash produced via loan repayment wizard don't match up with my lender's amortization tables. The formulas use pmt() functions, like this ...
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Should I pay my Education Loan or Put it in the Stock Market?

I currently have a Student loan at a 2.47% interest rate, I owe most of my home mortgage and have a minimal amount invested in the stock market (not counting retirement). I have some money that can ...
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Can I refinance my student loans?

I have student loans from graduate school with an interest rate of 6.625%. I see that interest rates are quite low. (Mortgage rates are at 4.6% for a 30 yr fixed.) So I am wondering: Is it possible to ...
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Our only debt is hefty student loans, should we pay the student loans off first or save for a 20% down payment on a house?

My wife and I have been working on debt for the last year and a half. We've knocked out $50k in car loans, credit cards, etc. Our only debts left are student loans. Would it make more sense to ...
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Should I take a loan on my 401k to repay student loans?

I have a student loan that has 6.5% interest (highest rate of many) and would be able to repay it if I took a loan on my 401k. I know the basic trade-off is that my money may do better in the 401k ...
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Should we prepay our private student loans, given our particular profile?

my question is: Should my wife and I prepay my private variable-rate student loans, given our particular financial profile? Or are there higher priorities to address with any extra cash we have at the ...
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Are student loans tax deductible in US?

If I have a student loan from finishing my graduate degree, can I deduct its interest payments from salary for tax purposes? Is there any education related tax credit that can be applied for payments ...
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What options are there for consolidating a large amount of private student loan debt?

I'm currently in a weird situation - I have a large amount of accrued debt (85k principal, ~15k accrued interest so far), spread amongst multiple smaller student loans. Some are federal stafford ...
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Federal Stafford Loan deferment options?

I have a question pertaining to Federal Stafford Loans, I think it goes here, let me know otherwise. I have several student loans, Federal Stafford Loans to be exact, and the National Guard has ...
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Obtaining a Taxpayer Identification Number

I am a student on a F1 Visa in the US and would like to apply for personal student loans from Banks like Chase, Sallie Mae. Being a non US Citizen and on a student Visa, I am unauthorized to work, ...
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How to transfer money to yourself internationally?

I tried to find a question that already answered this but surprisingly I wasn't able to. My situation is this: I'm from the U.S. and I have student loans there I need to pay off. However, I am now ...
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Under IRS rules, After what tax bracket or income range student loan interests are not effective?

Student loans generally have very low interest rates. Those interests paid work in your favor at tax time, for certain income and tax bracket group. In the US, if you make more than what amount, ...
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Should I try to consolidate my student loans? If so, how should I do it? What traps should I watch out for?

I recently graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. I now have student loans to pay off. I've heard that something that should be done with your student loans is consolidation, but I ...
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Will 5 years on OSAP's Interest Relief result in a one-time, permanent loan reduction on the order of 50%?

I was told by a friend that if you qualify for OSAP's Interest Relief for 5 consecutive years, then OSAP will offer to perform a one-time permanent Loan Reduction. This Loan Reduction, as I'm told, is ...
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Extra payments toward mortgage or student loans?

So I have roughly $5000 in student loans at 5% and about $65000 on my mortgage at 3.875% (5/1ARM). Should I put extra payments towards the student loan or the mortgage? 5% is higher, so if it's ...
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I thought student loans didn't have interest, or at least very low interest? [UK]

I was under the impression that UK student loans were really cheap credit, and were incredibly low interest rates. After hearing some radio shows on student finance their advice was to always pay the ...
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Can I save money on interest by paying a loan multiple times per month?

I'm paying off a student loan right now that accrues interest on a daily basis. Last month, for example, I got a bill where the principal was $25k and the interest was $150. I pay about $500 each ...
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Should I pay off my student loan before buying a house?

Should I pay off my student loan before buying a house?
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Should I pay off my student loan before putting money into Roth IRA?

I have about $7K in student loans remaining at 6.25% I also haven't made a contribution to my Roth IRA for 2010. I'm thinking off paying off my loan at the end of the year, but that'll not really ...
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Ontario HST rebate: Canada Student Loan debt in default. Can they take my transition rebate?

I don't owe the Ontario government anything - not even student loans - but I do have a defaulted Canada Student Loan in default. Can they take my transition rebate?
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Paying off student loans early/lump sum — best practices?

My wife & I have run into a large sum of cash recently and are interested in paying off/paying down our student loans -- about $30k between us, at about 6.5% avg interest. We're both earning ...
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Saving $1,000+ per month…what should I do with it?

I am able to save $1,100 a month, after all expenses and after paying the minimums ($225 a month on my 2.24% and 3.25% student loans). I want to make smart decisions with my money, but am not sure ...
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Will our hefty student loans affect our chances of getting a mortgage?

My husband and I live simply but we're content. I'm an avid budgeter and love finding ways to be frugal. My dilemma right now is that we've been able to keep our living expenses below what we make, ...