Yes it is possible to be debt-free. Let us help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Also be sure to check out our complete guide to getting out of debt.
Student loan forgiveness has been a hot headline over the last year. The ever increasing mass of student loan debt continues to weigh on the hearts and minds of our college graduates. Today, 7 in 10 college seniors are graduating with student loan debt! While student loans are a necessary tool for some students, they should be used carefully by borrowers.
You may have seen the late night television ads preaching the benefits of student loan forgiveness. Despite what these television ads say, not everyone is eligible for student loan forgiveness. These ads are often being run by unethical telemarketers looking to take advantage of uneducated student loan borrowers. To qualify for student loan forgiveness you must meet certain eligibility requirements for federal programs. Don’t find yourself victim to a student loan forgiveness scams.
The following U.S. Department of Education programs can actually forgive your student loan debt:
Runaway debt and credit debt is the new normal. It doesn’t necessarily occur because you spend beyond your means, but can happen as a result of your FICO score dropping whenever you apply for a lease on an apartment, a credit card account, or a car loan. The company that reviews your application will pay a fee to check your credit and these checks are not harmless, but can actually create a dent in your credit score.
Without realizing it, you may end up paying higher interest for everything because of your lower FICO score. This may actually force you to run out of money. At this point, it’s easy to fall into some heavy debt as you scramble for survival.
So, it’s a negative cycle: inquiries on your credit card may lower your FICO scores; these then results in paying more for everything because of higher interest rates. This situation, in turn, may then lead to runaway debt.
In order to arrest this negative spiral, you first have to understand how the credit scoring system works…
You’ve graduated college, now your student loan forbearance or “grace period” will end soon and you don’t know how to formulate a payoff strategy.
For those who don’t know where to start, below are 4 tried-and-true strategies to help jump-start your loan payoff…
There I was. 21 years old. $24,000 in debt.
I thought it was normal. I thought everyone had car payments. I thought debt was the only way of life. The American way.
I also couldn’t sleep at night, because I was so stressed. I had no plan for an emergency, other than to go into more credit card debt.
That’s when I got angry. A good motivating, driving anger. An anger that ultimately lead me and my family out of debt.
I realized that debt was controlling our life. And I wanted to be in control. So, I started reading…
Your credit score can tremendously impact your day-to-day life.
For Example, your credit score can affect everything from obtaining a mortgage to getting a new job. This is something that most people know. But what everyone doesn’t know is how exactly your score is calculated.
The reason that this isn’t common knowledge is because the credit bureaus do not tell you exactly how they calculate your score.
Even though we do not know the exact equations used, we do know what factors can have a tremendous impact on your credit score. For example, settling your debt can impact your credit score.
Let’s see exactly how debt settlement affects your credit score…
Are your student loan payments too much to handle?
Don’t worry, because you’re not alone.
As of December 2012, only 54% (20 million) student loan borrowers, out of 37 million were actively repaying their student loans.
If you’re overwhelmed by your student loans and need to lower your monthly payments, here are 5 student loan repayment programs that can help:
As of 2012, the average amount of student debt accrued by graduating students reached nearly thirty-thousand dollars.
For these graduating students, debt is a fact of life that they’ll be dealing with for around a decade after leaving their old alma mater.
Student debt can be prohibitive for many students, and the snowballing interest of forbearance makes it a highly unappealing option.
However, there are ways to brace yourself, or avoid payment entirely, by planning ahead when it comes to how to manage student debt before it becomes a problem.
Here are three strategies to consider when a future of student loan payments is just around the corner…
Type “Why Co-Signing” into Google and you will quickly see the suggested searches start with things like:
“Why co-signing is bad”
“Why co-signing is a bad idea”
Have you ever co-signed for someone before?
Or have you ever had someone co-sign for you?
Let’s see why it’s so bad and what you can do instead of co-signing for a friend or family member…