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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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, ...
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Should I use short term loans to pay for student loans?

I have about $30k in student loans. I graduated last May and have a steady income. Now, my company's credit union offers $3.5k loans at 3% to be repaid over a year (they automatically deduct from my ...
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Pay down a big loan or pay off a small one? [duplicate]

I have two student loans I would like to pay off: A: $6000 - 6.5% B: $3000 - 6.5% I am receiving a tax refund of a bit over $3000. I am not sure whether to pay off B in one fell swoop to get it ...
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How often should I pay my student loans?

I've got ~$30K in student loan debt, spread out between different loans with different interest rates. My minimum payment is $190, but I'm in a financial position where I can afford about $750 per ...
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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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Paying Off Student Loans Early

I currently owe $34,558.00 in student loans ($31,000.00 principal + $3,601.83 unpaid interest accrued so far) with an average interest rate of 4.877%. I just started working full time ($70,000 GAI) ...
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Is this a valid strategy to reduce interest payments for student loans?

I kind of messed up and didn't pay my unsubsidized grad schools loans while I was in school, so I have quite a bit of interest accrued. In total there are 5 loans and they come to about $100k. All ...
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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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NAVIENT Auto-Pay Amount Cap

Currently Navient is saying that Auto Pay amounts cannot exceed the minimum monthly payment due. I have a really hard time believing this is a technical issue, to me this sounds like a ploy to make ...
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Want to pay down principal on student loan, but AES says no

A relative of mine has some high student loan debt. I've decide to help pay down some of it. I called AES and told them that I want to apply the payment to the highest interest loan and for principal ...
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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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Paying $1000 a month to keep a car in New York City

I am 25 working in New York city making ~117k a year. After tax and various pre-tax deductions, (mta fare etc) my take home is just shy of 6k a month. I pay $1875 in rent a month for a nice ...
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Proper/best way to loan money to a family member

If I want to loan money to a family member so that they can pay off student loans quicker, I have a few questions. Is it inevitably taxed by the government? What is proper documentation procedure ...
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Paying off student loan or using that money for a downpayment on a house

I am 22 years old, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and I am a recent graduate. I approximately owe 22,000 dollars in student debt (all federal student loans at a fixed rate). My job pays me around 50,000 ...
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Is eliminating debt smart when considering a home purchase? [duplicate]

I'm entering into the latter half of my twenties, and I'm now faced with a question I've seen a few times before on this site: should I pay off my student loans or use the money as a down payment for ...
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Should I refinance my student loans with SoFi?

I have roughly $97,000 in student loans right now divided between federal loans and a very large private one. Here are the statuses on all of these: Federal Loans - (All fixed interest rates and 10 ...
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Is there any reason to not refianance my student loans once I graduate?

I'm completing my masters degree after this Spring semester. I have no debt from my undergraduate degree, but have accumulated around $20,000 for my graduate degree. Currently my interest rates ...
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Numerous large student loan balances: Pay down principal or refinance to 5-year loan

My spouse and I have almost $150k in Federal student loans. About 60k of this balance is in consolidated loans, and the remaining 90k is split between roughly 20 smaller loan balances (the smallest is ...
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3 loans under my name, 2 are fixed, one is a declining balance interest loan. Which to pay first?

I've searched for this answer for a while, but my loans are set up in a different way and I'd love some advice. (FYI I don't live in the USA) Loan 1: Personal loan. It was $200,000 with a 4.95% Fixed ...
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Can I and should I put my dad's Parent PLUS student loan under my name?

My dad took out a loan for me to go to school that currently has a principal of $58,000. Its interest rate is 7.5%. Even though it's not technically my loan, I'm paying all of it by the agreement my ...
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Should I Pay Off my Student Loan Debts First or Invest in an Index Fund?

I am an Albertan currently about $8,000 in debt from student loans. Roughly $5,500 of this $8,000 is an Alberta Student Loan, while the rest ($2,500) is from the National Student Loans Service Centre ...
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Are Dodd Frank rules applicable to all loan types?

My student loan was transferred to a new servicer several months ago, and I never received notice, neither from the previous or the new servicer, of the assignment of my loan. I thought that Dodd ...
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Student Loan for International Students in the US

I live and work in NJ. I am getting ready for a Part Time Program to enhance my career. University has clearly mentioned me that they will not provide any Scholarships. I am responsible to find the ...
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Paying credit card debt with student loans

First of all let me say that my financial future is looking pretty scary as of right now. I just started graduate school in August and I came in with about 63k in debt from undergrad. Fortunately my ...
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Sending money to India from the United States

I am a student in the United States and I have taken an education loan back in India. My parents sent me money taken from the education loan for my tuition fees and expenses which I don't need now. ...
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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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What can I do to pay off Summer Tuition balance?

My financial situation breaks down like this. I currently have 3 semesters to graduation but I have a hold preventing me from taking classes because I owe a balance for tuition totaling in $4,114.74. ...
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advice for which debt to pay off first [duplicate]

some quick back ground: I recently sold my shares in a company I started to accept a great position with a large company. It was a cross country move for me and my family. Once my property sells ...
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Is this Employee Stock Purchase Plan worth it when adding my student loan into the equation?

Here are the details of my company's Employee Stock Purchase Plan: An automatic 5% purchase discount off the fair market value of the stock. Payroll deductions start on July 1st. The stock purchase ...
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Wisest option to pay for second career education

I am 30 years old and my husband is disabled and unable to work, so I am the one income for our family. (We do not have any children.) Due to a number of factors, I am considering going back to ...
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Maximizing credit benefit of paying off my partner's student loans

My partner has approximately 8,000$ of student debt which we'd like to pay off. I have poor credit (or rather, no credit) and we have figured that paying it off "on my credit" would benefit both of ...
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Student loan payments and opportunity costs

I'm about to graduate college and enter a very well-paid job in an inexpensive area. I am confident that I could repay my student loans much sooner than ten years, but I am wondering whether this is ...
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Should I pay off a student loan before getting a mortgage, given I have a large deposit?

I live in the UK, and have a ~£15K student loan that I started in 2007. That means that I pay extremely low interest on it (lower value of "RPI" and "Base Rate + 1%") and that I only ever pay it out ...
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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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Using IRA to pay off federal parent plus student loans

I have $165,000 in my IRA which I'm really wanting to avoid using, but am seriously considering withdrawing or taking it all from this IRA to pay down my parent plus student loans. I am 58 yrs old I ...
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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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Transfer large amount of money from one Wells Fargo account to another

I'm helping my fiance pay off her student loans. We both have Wells Fargo accounts. What is the quickest and cheapest way to transfer a large amount, say $20K or more, to her account? I'd prefer to ...
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Calculating investment value of student debt and career choices

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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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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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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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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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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Taking a student loan without any history of credit?

I'm 18 years old and I'm considering taking a student loan as all the alternatives are exhausted and I can't continue my undergraduate studies without a loan. I don't have a history of credit and my ...
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What is this option offering me on my loan repayment?

I was just updating my auto-repayment for my student loan, when I was given the following option: I am not sure what the difference is here between these two options - why would allowing interest ...
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Can someone explain to me how should I go about paying off my student loans?

I have two loans right now: $72k Balance - Minimum of ~$500/month payments and $30k Balance -Minimum of ~$350/month payments The part that is confusing me is how much of 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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Student Loan Repayment

I have 3 private student loans. Outstanding Principal Balance taken 08/2011 $15,000.00 Outstanding Accrued Interest as of 08/21/15 $6,678.26 Interest Rate 11.75% Outstanding Principal Balance ...
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Should I cash out my unused traditional IRA to pay student loans?

Currently I have a traditional IRA that has about $3,000 in it. It was rolled over from a 401k two years ago and has been sitting ever since (due to various reasons). It's not making any money and I'm ...
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Who can I consult about paying off my student loan? [closed]

I'm looking to pay off my student loan as soon as possible. I've been making responsible payments into my loan for years now, and I've been making lump sum payments into my loan each time I come ...
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Can it be irresponsible to repay a student loan?

In a previous question, I asked if I was responsible for my wife's student loan. The conclusion after reading the answer and checking with other sources is that I am not, in fact, responsible. ...