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.
As a Western New York-based business, we love seeing Upstate New York colleges making positive changes — especially when it results in lower student debt.
Colgate University, a prestigious college located in Hamilton, NY, recently announced a new no-loan initiative for students with a total family income up to $125,000.
A new bill passed by Congress will make it easier for student loan borrowers to qualify for student loan forgiveness, CNBC reports.
The bill gives the Department of Education $350 million to offer forgiveness to student loan borrowers who meet all requirements for public service loan forgiveness except that they were enrolled in graduated or extended repayment plans, which were ineligible for relief.
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.
Since it’s now been six months since May college graduates left school, it’s time for them to confront the reality of paying off their student debt. The end of the student loan grace period means that students will start receiving bills from their student loan servicers.
Here’s how to take control of your student debt once your grace period is over — and what you can do before to make it easier.
As of October 1, students can no longer take out federal Perkins Loans to help them pay for college.
The government’s oldest federal student aid program, established in 1957, ended Sept. 30, after Congress failed to extend the program. As a result, up to 500,000 eligible students at 1,500 colleges will no longer be able to take advantage of this financial aid program.
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.
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.
We’ve written before about how student loans, unlike other forms of debt, can’t be discharged in bankruptcy–which is why it’s so important to be careful about how much you borrow.
Bankruptcy law says that, without proving “undue hardship,” a borrower can’t discharge a loan made for an “educational benefit.”
Recently, however, bankruptcy courts have started ruling in favor of some student loan borrowers and have allowed them to discharge their debt, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Good news for student loan borrowers burdened with debt: the U.S. is on pace to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt over the next 10-20 years, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.