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Video: How do student loans work?

Posted on November 19th, 2019

College-bound students will be receiving their financial aid packages within the next couple of months — and many of them will come with student loans.

But many students — even those already attending college — don’t really understand how student loans work. That’s despite nearly 70% of students graduating with student debt.

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Yes, student loans have origination fees too

Posted on January 22nd, 2018

Most people understand that student loans come with interest — which can add several thousand dollars onto the life of the loan, especially if you extend out your payments.

But many people don’t realize that federal student loans also come with origination fees, much like mortgages or car loans, which can add significantly to student debt totals.

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Tips On Paying Off Student Debt While Saving For Retirement

Posted on May 17th, 2017

Student debt continues to be a major issue for college students and graduates in the U.S.

U.S. total student debt is now over $1.4 trillion, and the average debt for a college graduate in 2016 was $37,000. And 44 million Americans now have student debt to their name.

The video below gives tips on how student loan borrowers can avoid falling behind on their payments. It also explains why millennials should be saving for retirement even if they have student debt.

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Student Loan Refinancing Companies: Credible

Posted on April 17th, 2017

The second post in our student loan refinancing companies series focuses on Credible, a student loan refinancing marketplace that gives you access to multiple lenders with just one application.

Credible doesn’t do any lending itself, but rather aggregates personalized offers from different lenders, including banks and online companies. This allows you to apply for refinancing with multiple lenders all in one place.

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Student Loan Refinancing Guide: SoFi

Posted on March 21st, 2017

With private student loan interest rates on the rise, and the high cost of college forcing many students and parents to take on debt to pay for college, student loan refinancing has emerged as an option for borrowers to reduce their interest rates (depending on their credit score) and save money on repayment.

Find out why you should consider refinancing your student loans, and learn about SoFi, one of the best-known student loan refinancing companies.

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Scary facts about student debt

Posted on October 31st, 2016

Many of the statistics on student debt in America are shocking — and it’s only getting worse.

National student debt has surpassed $1.3 trillion and is growing by the second.

With the average college student graduating with over $37,000 in student debt in 2016, the trend will only continue.

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Treating students as stocks, investors front college tuition

Posted on April 4th, 2016

With college costs higher than ever before, and families taking on more debt to pay for college, some students have sought alternative routes to finance their education.

Some students are now using income-share agreements, or ISAs, to help pay for college. With an ISA, students get money from investors and they agree to pay a percentage of their future income to those investors over a set period of time.

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New York’s new student loan forgiveness program

Posted on January 4th, 2016

Finding a job right after graduating can be tough. And for graduates with student debt, there’s added pressure to find a job and make enough money to afford student loan payments once their grace period has ended.

Luckily for college graduates in New York state, there’s a new student loan forgiveness program that makes it easier for them to adjust to life after college–without having to repay their student loans.

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This is what millennials really want for Christmas

Posted on December 12th, 2015

Wondering what to get the millennial in your life this Christmas?

Consider giving them something they probably need: a gift toward their student loan payments.

According to MarketWatch, a new site called LoanGifting allows family, friends and others to make payments directly toward someone’s student loans.

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Watch America’s student loan debt grow $3,055 every second

Posted on September 5th, 2015

We write a lot about the country’s rising student loan debt and the fact that it’s already over $1.3 trillion, as well as the effects it’s had on the economy and borrowers’ lives.

But it’s a lot different to actually see it grow by the second. MarketWatch has created a national student loan debt clock to help people visualize just how quickly student loan debt is growing, and it’s pretty sobering to watch.

In fact, by the time you finish reading this post, it will likely have grown by $366,600.

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