It’s that time of year where we look back on what we have and haven’t accomplished and decide what to tackle in the next twelve months. For many, wealth building and debt reduction will be among the top goals for the year. If eliminating some of your debt while simultaneously improving other parts of your […]
The Collection of Student Loan Debt Articles
Here is the collection of all the articles on student loan debt that I've written here at The College Investor. However, it's in chronological order. If you want a better resource, check out my Everything Student Loans page for more information on student loans and student loan debt. If you want the most comprehensive guide available, download my free eBook on student loans: Student Loan Debt: Getting in Smart, Getting out Painlessly.
Your uncle, your cousin, your boss at work – it seems like everyone these days has student loans. They must give them out to anyone who asks, right? Not necessarily. While the requirements to receive student loans aren’t particularly restrictive, there are certain criteria you must meet before being considered. This is different at the […]
Student loans affect millions of Americans, many of whom struggle to make their payments every month. Besides income-based repayment options and refinancing, there are few options for those barely squeezing by. However, one that is rarely discussed, but still applies to some borrowers, is student loan discharge. Discharging student loans is still a fuzzy concept for […]
Here are the biggest factors that contribute to student loan forgiveness eligibility to wipe away your student loans.
Credible is a student loan refinancing comparison tool that allows you to shop around for the best student loan rate and terms in minutes.
This is one of the toughest questions I get asked: I can’t afford my private student loans and I don’t see any options to get out of it – what do I do? It’s estimated that over 1.4 million borrowers have private student loan debt, with an outstanding balance of over $150 billion in loans. And […]
Most people with student loans try their hardest to forget about them while still in school. It can make the entire experience kind of unpleasant when you think about the massive price tag you’re paying. But as you inch closer to graduation, the thought hits sooner or later: I’ll actually need to pay these off […]
The most common student loan scams involve paying fees to consolidate or to get forgiveness, law firms and lawsuits, and trying to eliminate your loan debt.
These companies offer student loan repayment assistance as benefit to their employees. The list of companies continues to grow.
I celebrated my first Father’s Day this past weekend. I had a great day celebrating with my family, but the entire day I was stuck thinking about the future and how my life has changed. Am I providing well enough for my family? Am I preparing well enough for the future? Are we saving enough for […]
The conversation surrounding student loans is typically pretty negative – and for good reason. Loan rates are rising, and student loan debt is an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But did you know that student loans can be a good thing? While frustrating to pay back, student loans are also a great way to build a […]
Student loan debt is a particularly dangerous financial burden, because it’s usually the first form of debt someone encounters. It’s also one of the largest. It can be hard for an 18-year-old high school grad to grasp the reality of that debt, and many freshman find themselves treating their loans as free money. That usually […]
If you don’t do anything with your student loans, you’re automatically signed up to a generic repayment plan that typically has even payments for 10 years. However, that can be tough, especially right after graduation. Maybe you’ve just started working , or maybe you don’t even have a job yet and you’re just side hustling […]
When I talk to people about their out of control student loan debt, one of the first reasons they give for why is this: they used their student loans to pay for living expenses. The story usually starts with how excited they were to get into a private college, but they were bummed out that their family […]
When most people take on student loans, they don’t tend to factor divorce into their repayment plan. It’s hard to imagine getting divorced when you’re that you’re young and getting student loans – and harder to imagine it happening before you pay off your student loans. Could life after college be so cruel? But like it […]
Imagine this: you graduate from your dream school, land your dream job, move into a posh new apartment with a nice view of the city, get your first ‘real’ paycheck, and buy that new suit you’ve had your eye on. Life is good. Then this arrives in the mail: Your student loan account statement. There are a […]