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With Lots of Student Loans, Which Debts Should You Pay First?

I graduated from law school in 2011 with a whopping $208,000 of student loan debt. To make matters worse, the job market was horrible for new lawyers. It would have been easy to sulk, complain, and make excuses. But, I refused to do that. A … [Read more...]

Student Loan 911! A Guide to Student Loan Repayment Options

Wherever you are in your relationship with student loans -- the horrifying honeymoon (I have to pay back how much!?) or the later years of relentless payments that leave your bank account as dry as a desert -- it pays to review your student loan … [Read more...]

Private Student Loan Refinancing and Consolidation with Credit Unions

Paying for education ranks among the largest, most complex financial decisions of your life. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most misunderstood. Because college financial aid offices usually connect students with loans – both federal and private – … [Read more...]

Have Student Loan Debt? There’s Relief in Sight

As I learned the ropes of personal finance, a money-savvy friend taught me how to tell bad debt from good debt. Bad debt comes in many forms — including credit card balances (especially when tied to high interest rates), car loans and other forms o … [Read more...]

Tuition.io: A Free Site to Organize Your Student Loans

Whenever I talk to readers or do a survey, repaying student loans tops people’s priority list. It can feel like it’s difficult to get ahead in life until these big balances are behind us. Although I don’t always think that you should make extra stu … [Read more...]

Should You Save or Pay Off Student Loans?

One of the most common questions I get is "should I save or pay off student loans?" Although it can be daunting to start out with a lot of eduction debt, you may want to resist the urge to repay those student loans as fast as possible. Earlier … [Read more...]

Q&A: I Want to Travel Before Starting a Career, But What About my Student Loans?

Q: I am about to start paying off my $30,000 of student loan debt and am wondering how to approach this. Should I go with the most aggressive [repayment plan] or not? I am a waitress, so I never know what my income is going to be. I do have about … [Read more...]

Welcome to 2013, the Year of Crowdfunding for College

When the final draft of 2012 in review gets written, it deserves to go down — in personal finance terms — as the Year of Crowdfunding. All sorts of crowdfunding records were set and shattered, with some remarkable stories as a result. In the indie … [Read more...]

How to Pay Your Student Loan Faster

There’s no doubt that dealing with student loan debt can seem overwhelming. But before you freak out and start to regret spending all that money on your degree, take a second to breathe and remember this: There are things you can do to help pay it … [Read more...]

How to Apply for Private Student Loans: The Nuts and Bolts Made Offensively Simple

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I think talking about finances can be really stressful. And no finance-related topic has caused as much stress in my life so far as the process of securing a private student loan. Entering my senior yea … [Read more...]