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Questions tagged [student-loan]

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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Ask mother to pay off entire student loan, then pay her?

To avoid paying additional interest on my student loans, I want to ask my mother to pay off the entire loans with by lump sum, and then I would pay her back with interest. Are there any issues ...
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Not entering info on tax return

My wife and I make too much to get any deduction for our student loan interest. Our situation also puts us in the Standard Deduction, and we arent itemizing. Question is, do I need to enter all our ...
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How can I prepare for my US student debt?

I'm a student at Drexel University. Drexel is a notoriously expensive school, and I pay roughly $35,000/yr in tuition, after awards. What's more, it is a five-year school. Currently, I'm in my fourth ...
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What would the formula for loan payoff with daily compounded interest and paid 5 days per wk?

I'm interested in calculating the impact of making payments on my student loans daily (5 payments per wk). For example my current loan is 50,000$ @ 5.05% interest compounded daily. The term of the ...
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How can I stop the IRS from withholding refunds for a student loan that is already paid off?

I paid off my student loan over 10 years ago. The IRS is now withholding my refunds. How can I prove this loan has been paid?
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Why can't US students borrow at US-bond rates for studies?

Inspired by this question: How can I prepare for my US student debt? I can see the interest rate is a staggering 9%, is it true students can't aquire more cheaper finance? And if it is true, why? ...
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What are things to think about when paying for/taking out a loan for graduate school? [closed]

I haven't seen a lot of posts related to graduate school in this SX, but I apologize if there are. I bolded the crux of my question. I'll apply my situation to this question as an example: I got a ...
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Credit score goes down substantially after paying off student loan

My credit score was about 800, according to my bank, which gives it to me for free on their website. I still had several years on my student loan, but I paid it off a few months ago. A couple of ...
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Is the principal on student loans tax deductible in Canada?

A friend was suggesting to me that it would be wiser for me not to spend money that I am currently earning, since as a student, I am in a very low tax bracket / below the lowest tax bracket. Their ...
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Is a technical Masters degree in a high-paying employable field worth it? [closed]

I give as a follow-up to my first question, a more reality-driven premise and question. I ask: Is a Masters degree in a high-paying employable field worth it? Say you need 4 pre-Masters (aka post-...
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How to negotiate a debt in collections?

I have a debt that has been in collections for a significant period of time (>10 years). The debt is from a college loan that defaulted when the lender (a private school) didn't send the deferment ...
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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: ((Note: The image highlights two options: "Apply as Refund" and "Apply as Payment")) I am not sure ...
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Student loans paid already but collection agency claiming loans are in default

I paid off my student loans via pay garnishments and the IRS taking 3 to 4 years of my tax refunds. Unfortunately, I have moved 5 times in last 2 years and I cannot find my files confirming this. ...
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How best to apply back Student Loan Refund?

After completing Undergrad December 2017 I began making payments on my student loans (#1-5 below), paying more than necessary on the smallest balance of my 6.8% loans (usually owe $340, paying $500). ...
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What is the best option for repaying student loan?

This is an embarrassing thing for me. Growing up my family believed money is a bad thing that shouldn’t be talked about. I have found this philosophy hasn’t served me well and abandoning it. I ...
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Is home equity worth taking out a mortgage when I have $67k student loans to pay?

Note: home equity isn't the only reason I'm thinking about buying. I'd like to have control over my own living environment, more space, not have to worry about annoying the apartment unit upstairs if ...
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Pay off student loans vs pay myself and try to get PSLF? (is my math right?)

I am trying to decide between paying off my student loans in 5 years vs attempting to quality for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), which I could conceivably do in 5 years. My options are to 1) ...
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Paying for student loans

I am looking for some advice in paying off student loans for me and my girlfriend. As a disclaimer, I am unfortunately quite financially illiterate, but looking to improve. We are both living in the ...
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How to compare the APRs of different currencies?

I want to take a loan and I have two options: Euros APR: 7.2% terms: 10 years Yuan APR: 9.2% terms: 5 years I have taken some financial classes so I have a vague idea about it. I know there is an ...
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Incorrect student loan arrears balance - should I pay it?

Background I have a student loan (Plan 1) with the Student Loans Company in the UK. I've been living overseas for several years and making income contingent repayments, based on an annual income ...
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Incremental payoff vs lump sum

I have $12 000 in student loan debt at 6.5% interest. Currently my payments are in the ballpark of $150 per month. I have an automatic transfer to a high interest savings account with Tangerine set ...
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Is a loan in euros with a 7% interest expensive for a student?

I am admitted to a business school in France and I have just got a quote from Prodigy Finance. The loan amount is about 30000 euros, the fee is 2.5%, and the term is 15 years. The first repayment will ...
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Consequences of student debt in the UK after moving to the US

My British wife went to university in the UK from 2001 to 2005. She got a student loan with SLC and was never charged anything because her income was too low. She left the UK in 2011, never earning a ...
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Should I pay off my student loan in the UK before getting a mortgage?

I've had a search around and there is a similar question here and maybe here. However, I think this use-case is slightly different (not to mention those answers are US based), and also the answer to ...
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Should I pay off my UK student debt?

I have £33K in savings and my student debt is £31k - the interest is 6.3%. I'm 23 and currently earning £40K but it's an industry with big salary jumps, and plan to go contracting so I could be on 70-...
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Letter to lender of how to apply overpayment

I'm attempting to make an overpayment to my student loans and wish my payment to not defer my monthly payment date, not alter my payment schedule, not pay off any unpaid interest, and only be applied ...
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Student Loan Considerations for Limited Company Directors

There are quite a few different questions on (UK) student loans in this forum, and elsewhere, but searches here have not posed the question I am looking the answer for right now. Similarly, searches ...
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Is it best to pay back only the minimal compulsory payments for HECS-HELP student loans in Australia?

I have a considerable amount in student loans by Australian standards. I have multiple degrees and they allowed me to get a job that pays well. With such a job, the Australian government requires me ...
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What are the biggest pitfalls to avoid with student loans? [closed]

More often than not I read horror stories of people such as (I've Paid $18,000 To A $24,000 Student Loan, & I Still Owe $24,000) that acquire college debt, pay monthly for years, and end up owing ...
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How to build up credit fast?

I live in the United States, am around 22 years of age, and recently graduated college with around $12,000 in student loans. I have had a full time job for around 4 months that pays around $55,000 a ...
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HELOC vs Federal Student Loan

Given the following assumptions: Interest rates are the same for HELOCs as Federal Student Loans (they're both hovering around 5% right now). Loan amount could range anywhere between $10,000 and $40,...
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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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Pay Off Unsubsidized Loan with Subsidized Loan?

I'm currently sitting at about $14,000 USD in loan debt, and am still enrolled at university. I will estimate about $10,000 is unsubsidized, making the remaining $4,000 subsidized. I was fortunate ...
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Does anyone know about the details of the bankruptcy proposal?

I am a college student. Due to a financial crisis, I took a student loan. Now I am not able to pay the loan. I thought of repaying once I had settled in. But unfortunately, I didn't get a job and my ...
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MiscAdvice or feedback about Uk Student Loan Repayments from overseas

UPDATE: The Student Loan Company got back to me, and they were very understanding about the miscommunication. No back payments, no other penalties or demands. I have been living in Japan for 5 years....
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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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Student loan payments and tax breaks

Forgive me for such a naïve question, but simply put: do student loan payments count as a deduction to gross income? I.e. if I make $50,000 per year gross and manage to pay $20,000 of loan debt in one ...
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Getting married but avoiding joint income claims

My girlfriend and I are planning on getting married. However, she has racked up quite a bit of student loans(60K+). Currently, she has been on a repayment program (PAYE) with a 20 year loan ...
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Auto loan and student loan balance

I have a student loan of around INR 11,00,000 (~USD 18,240) at 13.7% APR. I have an auto loan in the US for USD 10,000 at 6.35% APR. I am aware of the high interest rate on my auto loan and wish to re-...
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Car loan with a student loan

I am trying to buy a new car. However, I have a $3,500 subsidized student loan. I've had it for about a year and haven't made any payments on it. Will this affect me getting a car loan? Will it be ...
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How does Sallie Mae calculate its payment?

Short Version Can anyone figure out how Sallie Mae comes up with its personal loan payment amount? Long Version I have a friend who took out a personal loan with Sallie Mae, and their payment ...
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Medical bills; Student Loans with history of drug usage

I'm not sure this is the right forum for this question, so let me know if I need to move it. Additionally, I wonder if this ought to be split in two posts - one about how to pay off large medical ...
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Re-financing medical student loan from FAFSA to private lender?

I'm investigating the "best" approach towards my medical student debt. My outstanding debt is $400,000 with an interest rate of 6.8%. Presently, FAFSA is my Lender. I'm on the 10-year plan, which ...
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Saving/investing instead of paying off 0.01% interest student loan. Am I missing something?

I have a rather large amount of student loans, around 40k euro. The rate is set for 5 year time periods. I have to pay 0.01% interest over them until 2020. Historically, it has rarely been higher than ...
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Are the CEO's earnings different from the company's earnings?

I am a resident of Ontario and I am planning to go to University in September. Upon applying for OSAP I was asked what my monthly salary while in school will be (excluding time away from school). I ...
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In what order should I decrease my loan debt?

I currently have federal student loans, and a personal loan I took out for college. Below are my percentages for each. I am wondering which loans I should start paying off first to ultimately not ...
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Just graduated, what to do with cash gift

I recently graduated from a university in Alberta with just about $19000 of student loan debt, between my provincial and federal loans. However, as a graduation present, I was given $20000 to either ...
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What is nelnet doing with my auto-debit student loan payments?

I recently (A few months ago) bumped up my loan repayment. My repayment just started this year. So, I took a look at how nelnet is allocating my auto debit, and my payment history looks like this: ...
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How exactly does a Level / Standard student loan repayment scheme work?

I have a question regarding standard (or 'level') debt repayment plans, specifically for my student loans. Hoping someone might have some insight. "Standard repayment is a level payment plan, with up ...
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UK Student Loan Repayments

This is something I’ve always wondered about and have never really found a satisfactory answer. Maybe I've misunderstood how student loans work. I've completed a Uni course (plan 2) after borrowing £...