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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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Should I pay the student loan now classified as bad debts

I got educational loan on 2008 from one of a Bank in India. So far I am paying only interest money not principal money for it, but it’s also not regularly, I left some intermediate gap on it. Last ...
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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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Need help with my financial situation/life, very unhappy

I am 24 and have $21,000 in student loans and no degree. I dropped out of college because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do and for my last quarter I took F's. Now I can't go back and get financial ...
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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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How to dispute a balance transfer that never posted with other creditor?

Three months ago, I did a credit union credit card balance transfer at 0% to pay down three student PLUS loans. In the payments, the account number and sequence number for the three loans were given. ...
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Grad student - Pull money from 401k, or get student loan?

I went back to school after a few years in industry. The PhD has a stipend, but it doesn't quite go far enough. I'm dipping into savings each month. I'm looking for a little extra cushion. I have a ...
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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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What is the best way to pay back a(n unaffordable) private student loan?

Let's say I owe a private student loan of $50,000, and it's already been discharged to a 3rd party for collections. Monthly payments would be several hundred dollars, which is something I cannot ...
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How will making monthly student loan payments before grace period ends affect credit?

I recently graduated with student loan debt, and my grace period will be ending soon. Most of these loans are subsidized, meaning I do not pay interest until the end of my grace period. If I begin ...
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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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How much extra to put towards loans? I can't judge which gives me more utility

So I can now calculate exactly when my loans would get paid off by ensuring I consistently contribute some amount X to my loans where X is greater than the sum of the monthly minimums, where the extra ...
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Is there a program out there that will give you details for paying X extra per month?

I've got about 6 loans or so with different payoff times and interest rates. My general strategy is to calculate how much I'd save by paying an extra X per month, always directed towards the loan with ...
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Calculating payoff date and monthly payment for a school loan?

How can I verify the minimum monthly payment number and how it breaks down into principal vs. interest if all I know is the current balance and interest rate? How can I determine the payoff date of ...
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Trying to figure out my student loans

Please let me know if this is too much information/perhaps unsafe private information to reveal. I am trying to understand the finances behind this stuff and what I can do to get rid of my loans ...
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How much is enough to save as a rainy-day fund before I start plugging my higher-interest student loans?

Typically, what is considered realistic? 6 months expenses? A year? I understand this is more of an "opinion" question but I am still curious what people think is a responsible buffer (in the event of ...
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Budget planning for students

I hope this question is a good fit for the site. So, I have just been accepted at a university (UK) and being 18 I don't have much experience planning budgets and certainly not for anything longer ...
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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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Can someone help me understand my student loans?

I have more loans than these but I am wondering how to handle these three (all with the same bank): 3%, last payment ~$36, current balance $6153, original amount $5500, payoff balance $6170 2.5%, ...
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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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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 ...