As a student loan borrower, you’ve probably felt the pinch of those monthly payments and wondered if there’s a better way to deal with your education debt. Maybe you’ve even pondered whether you can pay student loans with a credit card.
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You’re struggling. You’re not earning any money. You can’t pay the rent, which means that you need to learn how to defer your student loans payments or file for forbearance because there is no way you can make a payment. But is it a good idea to stop paying your student loans?
After graduation — or if your college status as a student drops below half-time — your federal student loans will enter what’s called a “grace period.” During this time, which usually lasts six months, you don’t have to make payments on your student loans.
While this grace period may leave you breathing a sigh of relief, you might want to think twice about not making some sort of payment on your student loans. In many cases, there are reasons it could actually be a very good idea to start repayment right away, even if only a small amount.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is the holy grail for paying off federal student loans. Offering complete and tax-free forgiveness of remaining federal student loan balances after 10 years, it’s hard to find a better deal out there than PSLF.
For workers saddled with federal student loan debt while working in lower-paying public service or nonprofit sector jobs, PSLF can be worth thousands of dollars. Planning to work for employers who would qualify someone for Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be a smart move for people who know they want a career in public service.
Once you head off to college, your summer breaks might not be the carefree times you remember from childhood. Instead, there’s a good chance you’ll use your “vacation” to make money, complete internships or take classes.
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You have a good job, pay your bills on time and make your monthly student debt payments. Then the worst happens: You lose that job and get stuck with the daunting combination of unemployment and student loans.
Becoming an unemployed student loan borrower can freak you out. But don’t worry — you actually have quite a few options to manage those loans while you’re out of work.
The average graduate from the Class of 2016 carries over $37,000 in student loan debt. This can create a huge financial struggle for anybody looking to start their career and pay for other expenses along the way.
To avoid falling behind, borrowers can take advantage of two temporary debt relief options to halt their student loan payments: deferment and forbearance.