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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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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How can a high school student value a possible degree?

From another question I asked, an answer said: If a person borrowed heavily to obtain an education where they make anything less than 75K per year then it was probably foolish. There are many jobs ...
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What are the biggest pitfalls to avoid with student loans?

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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Should I pay down my student debt early?

I just graduated university and started my first job. I have £50,000 in student loan debt at 6.1% interest. My monthly payment on this debt is £10 (direct from my paycheck). I can afford to pay £...
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Should I dump my savings into my student debt?

I've got about $5000 saved up in my savings account. At the same time, I've got about $8500 left to pay off on my student loan, with all the interest that includes (6%/year, compounded monthly). ...
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Why is my student loan balance not going down?

This will be basic for you pros, please forgive me. I have been paying the minimum balance on my student loan all year, but the balance shown on the site has barely gone down. I assumed that this ...
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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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Multiple loans, multiple payers - how to snowball fairly

My brother and I both have a large sum of student loan debt. I have more than he does and my interest rates are slightly larger as well. We are both attempting to snowball our debt separately. It ...
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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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Received federal student loan collection letter, but never had one. What to do?

Yesterday I received an unexpected letter in the mail, a federal student loan collection letter from ConServe collections. I've never had a federal student loan, so it was quite surprising to receive ...
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Does borrowing from my 401(k) make sense in my specific circumstance?

I know the standard answer and understand that I will be losing out on that compound interest, but I am young and only need to borrow a few thousand. here are some more details: Need to borrow $6500 ...
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3.5% Interest Student Loan or use all of my savings on Tuition?

I've got one year of University left and luckily I've managed to stash around ~$18k in savings that my expenses never cut into. My tuition for my last year will probably be around $13k. I hate the ...
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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 £...
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How much of my income should I put towards paying off student loans vs saving for a house?

New grad here. I finally got all the wonderful mail from the student loan companies informing me I need to start making loan payments. I never realized how much the interest on these things could come ...
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Would it make sense to take a loan from a relative to pay off student loans?

Together my wife and I have about $80,000 in student loans. My mother in law is in the process of selling her house. We proposed the idea of borrowing ~$50000 from her, once she sells, so that we ...
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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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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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Using fiancée's money to pay off my student debt

I have a student loan in my name and I just got engaged (Yay!) about 2 months ago. My fiancée has been saving up and is really interested in helping us get out of debt before the wedding. I think we ...
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Put my student loan in parents’ second mortgage - help?

I fear I did something stupid. I graduated in 2017 with a bunch of student debt that my parents held on my behalf (~$130k). One misunderstanding led to another and somehow we ended up refinancing ...
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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 a 0% interest car loan or put money towards high principal student loans?

Within the past year my wife and I have paid off approximately $40,000 in debt - from her car loan, my two student loans, and other misc debt (new refrigerator, hardwood floor install). I had a car ...
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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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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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Pay everything now or gradually?

I have around $45,800 is my bank account and have the following three loans: Loan 1: $6,114 with 6.8% interest rate Loan 2: $14,649.21 with 6.8% interest rate Loan 3: $2,927.25 with 5.750% Should I ...
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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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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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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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When paying for college, should I take out (interest-free) loans and pay them off with saved money, or use the saved money directly?

If I have money in various mutual funds / 529s / other college savings plans, would it be wise to take out interest-free loans for the duration of my education (in order to allow the money saved to ...
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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 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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Advice for paying off student loans and auto loans now that I have my first 'real' job

I'm hoping for some advice on which loans I should focus on paying off first. I'm 28 and just got my first 'real' job about 2 years ago after 8 years of schooling. I've paid off all my credit card ...
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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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At what point should I begin paying off student loans?

I am attending a rather pricey American university, and most of my money for tuition comes from grants and loans. Grants are great, but obviously I have to pay off loans at some point. I have some ...
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House Purchase: Pay student loans or put 20% down?

My fiance and I currently have the opportunity to buy our first house for 200k due to a large 19k bonus that will be coming to me from my employer. We're considering two uses for the additional money ...
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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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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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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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Any tax issues paying on someone else's loan?

My parent had to get a Parent Plus Loan to help me pay for college, with the unwritten condition that I pay it off. As I good child, I obliged. However, I want to start aggressively paying it off ...
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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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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 it better to pay off a loan with a higher interest rate or one with a much higher principal balance?

Okay, we'll start off with some backstory. I went to a for-profit university with absolutely no financial assistance, so now I'm in a very large amount of debt. I've read almost everyone on this site ...
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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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Can I pay my student loan with a credit card?

As far as I can tell, it's not possible to pay off student loan debt with a credit card. I'm currently making payments through Great Lakes borrowing services. There is clearly only an option to add a ...
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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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Why didn't the balance go down on the student loan after a big check?

I owed about 45k on student loans. I wrote a check for around 10k to get the balance down. What I expected to happen was, for the balance to go down more than 10k, because that 10k would no longer ...
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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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What happens if I just don't pay my student loans?

My friend said she never pays her student loans and nothing has happened. She's been out of school for a couple years and is only employed under the table and doesn't have a bank account. If I don't ...
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Should I lower my student loan payments to keep my account open (and credit score up)?

I am looking to buy a house within the next year or two. My issue is that I have a little under $2k in student loans. I could pay that off at any time and the interest is barely $2 per month. I ...
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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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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 ...