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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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$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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it common for student loan debt to be paid with another loan found at lower interest?

I currently have 22k in student loans at 6.55% interest. I checked my credit score and it was 706 a couple of weeks ago. I am a recent college grad with a decent paying job right out of college. What ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...