I have a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage. Yearly interest rate is r. If my initial principal is P and monthly payment is p, but this month i decide to pay p+Delta, how do i calculate how much of the (p+Delta) goes to the principal, and how much goes to the interest?

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    Don't do that. Specify that all of your extra payment is applied to the principal.
    – MrChrister
    Jan 25, 2013 at 5:01
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    Delta goes to the principle. To the best of my knowledge, there's no option to even make such a distinction, certainly no reason to make it.
    – littleadv
    Jan 25, 2013 at 5:03
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    @littleadv - I am just remembering, but when I had a coupon book to pay my mortgage, it had a line for "extra to principal" (or something) and a line for total payment. I was under the impression from high school econ that they bank didn't have to apply the extra amount. Things change though...
    – MrChrister
    Jan 25, 2013 at 5:11
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    I think they're not allowed to do it now. I have several iterations of mortgages and HELOC, and they all say explicitly that any extra is applied to principle, as long as the payments are made on time. If I'm late - then they don't have to do that.
    – littleadv
    Jan 25, 2013 at 5:29
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    I guess we are talking about US. In quite a few Asian countries, there is a option and one has to specify ... there is minimum amount [typically equal to one or three EMI] that needs to be paid towards principal. Also one can pay EMI in advance if one knows he is not able to pay in future due to some reason. The excess is held by the bank and applied on due dates
    – Dheer
    Jan 26, 2013 at 2:47

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The bank, upon request, should give you an amortization table. The remaining principal dropping a bit each month which means the next month, the payment will have a slightly lower amount going to interest. The table will show you each month's principal, and each month's interest.

The addition payments you're trying to make will go 100% to principal.

I recall an example, $200K 6% 30year mortgage, the Payment was $1200. Very early on in the mortgage, this was $1000 interest, $200 principal. If you paid $200 extra that month, you'd skip ahead a full month on the amortization table. By looking ahead at the next month's principal, you might keep this up for a number of years, effectively paying 2 months off at a time with this slightly higher payment.

Years ago, I wrote an amortization spreadsheet, which would help illustrate my response, and let you tinker with the idea of prepayments. It was part of a series to counter a mortgage acceleration scam, at that time sold as "Money Merge Account" and reincarnated more recently as "Wealth Unlimited". In a few hours, I wrote a spreadsheet that reproduced what either of these $3500 products claimed to do.

  • You claim Delta all goes to the principle, but does not bank need to get interest on this Delta which i have loaned from them for up til now since the initial loan agreement?
    – qazwsx
    Jan 26, 2013 at 22:40
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    Yes. And they did. The moment you make a full payment, you and the bank are even. You owe them the remaining principal, of course, but you are 'even' on accruing interest. At that moment, you can pay what ever principal you wish. And interest then accrues on the lower amount. Jan 27, 2013 at 0:03
  • You should make the term (15 yrs vs. 30 yrs.) adjustable parameter. Not two fixed realization.
    – qazwsx
    Jul 15, 2016 at 4:50

Delta is always applied to the principal. The only thing that increases monthly is how much of p is applied to the principal.


Suppose on the day the payment is received the accrued interest on you loan is $200, then $200 of your payment goes to interest and the rest to the principal.

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    Keep in mind, most mortgages do not save you interest by making even every payment, say, 20 days early. Nor will I end the mortgage with leftover payments to make if I make every payment the day before it turns late (usually 15 days past the due date). Yet, if mortgages were calculated on a daily accrual basis as HELOCs are, that's exactly what would happen. Jan 26, 2013 at 16:47

One thing that you may want to check is if you are penalized for pre-payment or not. From the bank's perspective, if you pay down principal early they lose out on interest, so some lenders penalize for this.


There have been cases where banks choose to keep the extra payment "on account" and not apply it directly towards the principal, so it pays to be specific.

  • This sounds more like a comment than an answer. Additionally, I have never heard of nor experienced that happening on a mortgage. On other loans, such as a car loan, that can be the case. Jan 25, 2013 at 11:59
  • As @littleadv stated, this actually might have been the case, but I agree the laws now force banks to apple extra money to any late fee (of course) and then to principal. I have a payment I make by computer, and I track the extra going to principal, with my making a note any place. Dec 18, 2014 at 0:02
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    I've paid extra--simply a larger check, no note. Two mortgage companies, in both cases it worked exactly as expected. Jul 9, 2016 at 4:05

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