How Much You’ll Really Pay for That Student Loan

Those who graduate college with student loans owe close to $30,000 on average, according to the most recent data from the Institute for College Access & Success. But they’ll likely repay thousands more than that because of interest. One key to limiting interest cost is choosing the right repayment plan. The bottom line? Opting for lower … Continued

Don’t Skip These Steps When Borrowing Parent Student Loans

In more than one-third of U.S. families, parents decide how to pay for college, according to a July 2020 report from private lender Sallie Mae. Half of those parents don’t inform the child of their decision. Joe Allen, 51, of Frederick, Maryland, did talk about college costs with his daughter, a freshman at the University … Continued

Read This Before You Refinance Federal Student Loans

Refinancing student loans at a lower interest rate can put more money in your pocket. With federal student loan bills restarting soon and refi rates near historic lows, it might seem like the perfect time to take this step. But even if you qualify for refinancing, it won’t always make sense if you have federal student … Continued

Don’t Skip These Steps When Borrowing Parent Student Loans

In more than one-third of U.S. families, parents decide how to pay for college, according to a July 2020 report from private lender Sallie Mae. Half of those parents don’t inform the child of their decision. Joe Allen, 51, of Frederick, Maryland, did talk about college costs with his daughter, a freshman at the University … Continued

More Grads Are Going Back to School: Should You?

College enrollment is down overall compared with last year due to the coronavirus. But the economic effects of the pandemic may actually be pushing some students back to school. “(It’s) probably the worst time to graduate from college in this generation,” says Doug Shapiro, executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. “What are … Continued

Should You Press Pause on Private Student Loans?

Federal student loan payments have been automatically suspended until the end of the year because of the ongoing pandemic. If you have private student loans, however, payments remain due — unless you’ve paused them. Roughly 5% of private loan borrowers were using forbearance as of the end of March, according to the most recent data … Continued

How New Grads Can Handle 3 Essential Post-College Questions

Life after graduation is always an unknown. But the coronavirus pandemic has added even more uncertainty for the nearly 4 million students expected to receive college degrees in 2019-20, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. “I feel like when you graduate, you go out into the real world,” says Stephanie Fallon, 23, who … Continued

Student Loans Aren’t Forgiven, so They Can’t Be Forgotten

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, suspends federal student loan payments, sets interest rates to 0% and stops all collection activities on defaulted loans until Sept. 30. But the $2 trillion stimulus doesn’t forgive student loans. That means you can’t totally forget about your debt — despite the six months … Continued

4 Ways to Pay for College If Your Financial Aid Isn’t Enough

For 61% of students, college costs more than they expected, according to a recent survey from College Ave Student Loans conducted by Barnes & Noble College Insights. Yoselin Guzman, an 18-year-old UCLA freshman from Compton, California, can see why. “There’s like little costs you don’t even see,” says Guzman, noting how expensive dorm items, books … Continued

How Student Loan Fees Work and What They Cost

Tammy Trevino wasn’t sure whether to borrow a federal student loan or a private student loan for her daughter’s education. Then she learned federal loans come with an origination fee that private loans typically don’t. “I was surprised,” says Trevino, 52, from Victoria, Texas. “My assumption was [federal loans] would be the best, easiest option … Continued