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It’s Still Possible to Save for Retirement with Student Loan Debt!

If you’re trying to pay down student loans, you know just what a burden they can be. Still, you have an even bigger priority to worry about: your future retirement. It’s easy to put off retirement savings — after all, it may be twenty or thirty years away — at a time in your life when you’re dealing with rent or a mortgage, student loans, credit card debt and daily expenses. Don’t forget, though: after retirement, you’ll be living completely […]

What You Need to Know Before Turning to Private Student Loans

As a student, federal student loans should be your first choice with the superior protections they offer. Unfortunately, many undergraduates are forced onto the private market when their parents can’t take out a PLUS Loan, and not all students even take full advantage of federal loan limits before turning to private loans because of a misleading market. Before you turn to private student loans, here’s what you absolutely must know.   1. Private loans generally require a co-signer Federal loans […]

Do I Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness?

As of this month, the average student loan debt in the U.S. is $29,400 per student, a number that continues to climb as families’ incomes shrink and tuition and fees go up. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently estimated that 25% of workers in the United States may be eligible for repayment or loan forgiveness programs on student debt. Unfortunately, too few actually take advantage of these options because programs are confusing, complicated or just unknown. So what does this […]