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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Paying a Navient Loan's Principal

I have the following loans: A) $12,818 @ 9.25% B) $11,499 @ 2.25% C) $10,059 @ 2.25% D) $ 3,365 @ 10% I recently received a $5000 inheritance so I would like to allocate this in the best way ...
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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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Can I choose to refinance only some of my loans even if they are from the same lender?

I am looking for guidance on what to do about paying back my student loans. Unfortunately I work in the Human Services field and have not been able to afford to make significant payments on my loans ...
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Student loan debt and business owner: What's the best loan-payoff strategy?

I graduated from my doctoral pharmacy program 1.5 years ago with ~215k of student loan debt. So far, the balance has been paid down to 170k. The weighted-average of the interest rates is 7%. ...
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If you share expenses, can someone else claim student loan interest deduction?

I live with my fiancee and we share all of our expenses, car, bank accounts, etc. I'm at the max I can deduct in student loan interest, can she claim the rest of it under her taxes? Its paid out of ...
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23 and on my own, what should I be doing?

So I graduated in May with a Computer Engineering degree and started work in September at a major bank located in Jersey City and moved in with a couple of college friends in an apartment in Astoria, ...
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Private student loan balance not moving

I need help trying to figure out how to pay down my private student loan. The balance is almost $20,000. Sadly at the time that I took the loan, the interest rate was 8.75% (I think it was actually ...
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Chipping away at large loan, or get rid of smaller ones? Student debt

I am currently $50k in debt from school. I have $9,500 in saving specifically saved for paying off student loans. I am wondering if I could get some quick advice as to what/why I should be paying off. ...
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Tax benefit to paying off student loan interest while in school

I have a substantial amount of loans from my bachelor's degree. I worked for a few years, saved money, and then returned to school full time. While working, my Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) ...
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to what extent am I responsible for my wife's student loan?

My wife has a substantial student loan (in excess of $100k) which she aquired before we were married. We have a prenup and no community property. She currently is not working and my income is not ...
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Will I, as a CS student, be allowed to take loans for paying the fees of Ivy Leagues?

I am non-US citizen hoping to study in US. I have a good chance of getting admitted in one of the Ivy leagues in US. Considering that my family has no property large enough to take a hefty loan on, ...
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How should I pay off my private student loans that have a lot of restrictions?

I have numerous private student loans, with amounts and interest rates like this: $30,000 7% 25,000 7% 10,000 7% 5,000 6% 4,000 5% My loan provider told me I have two options. ...
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Protect Money Given Student Loan Debt

I want to protect what little money I make for my family. Currently I owe more money than I make each month. The debt I have been obliged to pay for the past year includes: mortgage & ...
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How can I fund my US college education?

How can I fund my college education if I'm not given scholarship and family wouldn't be able to take loan? How did you do it in your time? I'd appreciate any suggestions !
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England: Alternative to Student Finance

I am currently considering a change of course at my current University, but as I have already just started my second year of study, I won't be entitled to one years tuition fee loan from Student ...
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Should I use IRA money to pay down my student loans?

I have just over $140,000 in consolidated student loan debt with a fixed interest rate of 5.75% on an income-based payment plan. My current and previous employers qualify for the Loan Forgiveness ...
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How should I invest/spend this 50k inheritance?

I am 32 and work in the non-profit sector making 30k/yr. I own my home, which was recently appraised at 202k. I was given an inheritance of 50k from my grandmother. Based on my financials, how should ...
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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 much should I pay to bank for educational loan?

I have a bank loan taken from one of the nationalised bank and I owe 4.54 lakhs at 11% interest to the respected bank I have not paid since last 2 years towards interest So I wanted to know how much ...
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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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Are there ways to lower or postpone student loan payments while my wife is sick?

I have over $130k of student debt which is in grace, but will begin repayment soon. Unfortunately, my wife is very sick and we have a lot of expenses just to keep her alive. We simply don't have the ...
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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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Should I cash out my IRA to pay my student loans? [duplicate]

I'm 27 and I have an IRA of around 125K. I'm about to transition into another position with a salary of around 85K-100K. I have around 15K in smaller debts that include credit cards and medical. I ...
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If I roll over my retirement into an IRA, can I pay off my school loans at the same time without having that sum penalized?

I want to roll over a lump sum of retirement funds into some type of savings account, but want to designate a certain amount of it to pay off school loans. Can I do it without being taxed and/or ...
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When should I reduce my student loan payments in order to save up for a down payment on another loan?

I'm currently paying off a little over $13,500 of student loans, at a rate of $300 a month and accrues approximately $60 of interest each month. My bi-weekly take-home salary is approximately $1,350 ...
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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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Which is better: Guaranteed 7% or projected/historical 8%

In deciding between maxing out 7% interest rate student loan repayment on the other hand, and investing in a SPY ETF on the other there are essentially two factors: 1) Is a projected/historical 8% ...
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How to find the right credit union?

I have 3 months left in grad school, currently with about $50,000 in student loans (most of it at 6% interest). I also need to finance or lease a used car. Suppose I select a car with a sticker price ...
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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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Does it make sense to take out student loans to start an IRA?

Let's say you're an undergraduate student, and you're eligible to take out more money than you need to pay for school expenses (at a fixed interest rate of 4.66%). Due to compounding, it's always best ...
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Borrowing money for study abroad…student loans don't apply

I have applied for a masters program in Spain, and I was accepted (yay!). However, now I am faced with the daunting task of determining how I am going to pay for it. My university in Spain is not ...
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Formula for how to distribute a loan payment between multiple loans such that the remaining principal accrues the least interest?

Assume 4 loans (Balance @ p.a. interest): $10,000 @ 5.5% $5,500 @ 7.25% $2,000 @ 5.5% $1,000 @ 4.5% If I am looking to pay $7,250 towards principal only, how would I calculate the ...
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Should I get cash from credit card at 0% for 8 months and put it on loans?

I have approx $100K in student loans, and am still in my grace period. I am able to get approx $4K cash from my citibank card as a special promotion. I would not have interest on the card until April ...
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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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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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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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Student Loan versus Cash ISA

I have taken out a UK student loan several years back whilst studying, it was interest free at the time, but now a low interest of 1.5% APR has kicked in. I have scraped together enough to pay this ...
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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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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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Student Loan Debt Forgiveness And The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

The US federal government currently has several student load repayment options (like the income based repayment program). At the end of some specified time period (20 or 25 years) the outstanding ...
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Emergency Fund vs. Student Loan Payment

I've been reading a lot about the importance of a ~6 month emergency fund AND the importance of paying off student loans as soon as possible. I have ~$14k (6% interest currently in grace period) in ...
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In the face of currency exchange rate, pay off loan or not?

We have a student loan in the US, which is at low percentage rate. We live in Canada, and the CAD <-> USD conversion rate is getting worse. We have several stock and fund positions held in USD. ...
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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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Balancing an Interest Accrual Rate Between multiple loans

Tags: multiple student loans , balancing interest accruals , student loan help
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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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Is SoFi too good to be true?

I'm considering refinancing some student loans with SoFi from a variable rate of 6% (based on the LIBOR) down to a variable rate 4.16% (based on the LIBOR). The new rate, once I setup auto-pay will ...
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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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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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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 ...