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Kat Tretina is a contributor to Student Loan Hero who writes about student loan repayment, side hustles, and other personal finance topics. Her work has appeared in publications like the Huffington Post, Money Magazine, Business Insider, and more. See below for her most recent articles.

7 Ways to Support Charities, Even If You’re Broke

Personal Finance

7 Ways to Support Charities, Even If You’re Broke

7 Ways to Support Charities, Even If You’re Broke

When college student Kara Skinner was short on cash, she started the blog Lover’s Quarrel, reviewing romance novels and including affiliate links in her posts. Thanks to her posts, she earned $60 from those links. But instead of splurging on pizza and a night out with friends, Kara decided to use her money in a... Read More

When Your Student Loans Are Sold: What You Need to Know

Students

When Your Student Loans Are Sold: What You Need to Know

When Your Student Loans Are Sold: What You Need to Know

While I was working on paying off my student loans, I checked my account balances weekly. One day, I logged into my account and the $10,000 I had in outstanding loans had disappeared. At first, I was elated. Had some generous benefactor swooped in to pay off my debt? Then I realized I couldn’t be... Read More

Meet the Man Who Makes $600 a Month Selling Crickets

Students

Meet the Man Who Makes $600 a Month Selling Crickets

Meet the Man Who Makes $600 a Month Selling Crickets

When Jeff Neal’s wife told him she wanted to quit her job to stay at home with their kids, he had to think about how to make one income work. With over $21,000 in student loans, there wasn’t much extra money lying around. Losing another income stream would be difficult. But rather than give up... Read More

How Your Credit Report Can Help You Manage Student Loans

Students

How Your Credit Report Can Help You Manage Student Loans

How Your Credit Report Can Help You Manage Student Loans

More than 1.8 million students graduate from college in 2017. While it’s a momentous achievement, many graduates will walk away with significant student loan debt. Though keeping up with monthly payments can be difficult, knowing how to budget for them can be an even bigger obstacle. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know how to... Read More

6 Vital Things Parents Need to Know About Student Loans

Students

6 Vital Things Parents Need to Know About Student Loans

6 Vital Things Parents Need to Know About Student Loans

About 3.5 million high school students are expected to graduate from high school this spring, and most will go to college. While this a proud moment for students and parents, many families are stressed about how to pay for school in the fall. Before helping your child take out loans — or taking out loans... Read More

Moving to One of These 9 States Could Save You Thousands

Students

Moving to One of These 9 States Could Save You Thousands

Moving to One of These 9 States Could Save You Thousands

Each year, taxpayers pay trillions in income taxes. In fact, the government collected approximately $3 trillion last year. If you’re like most taxpayers, you owe both federal and state taxes, which means an even bigger chunk of your paycheck goes to the government. When you’re carrying debt — whether it’s student loans or a credit... Read More

5 College Degrees That Are Worth the Money

Students

5 College Degrees That Are Worth the Money

5 College Degrees That Are Worth the Money

There’s no doubt that college is expensive. In fact, the average cost per credit hour is $594, according to a new Student Loan Hero study on the cost of a college credit. For a typical four-year program, students will spend $71,335 on average. If you have to take out loans to pay for your own... Read More

5 Items You Should Pay Taxes On (But Aren’t)

Personal Finance

5 Items You Should Pay Taxes On (But Aren’t)

5 Items You Should Pay Taxes On (But Aren’t)

When it comes to taxes, everyone knows you have to report your income from a full-time job or side gig. (Of course, not doing so is a common tax mistake.) But the IRS doesn’t stop there — they expect you to pay taxes on all sorts of earnings, including these five things you might be overlooking. 1. eBay Profits... Read More

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