Should I Pay Extra on My Student Loans?

Students

Should I Pay Extra on My Student Loans?

Should I Pay Extra on My Student Loans?

When you start repaying a student loan, it’s a bit of a buzzkill to see a large chunk of money come out of your bank account. Month after month, you kiss that $350 goodbye (or whatever your regular payment is), trying not to think about everything else you could’ve used it for. Eventually, you get... Read More

Can I Get a Mortgage With Student Loan Debt?

Mortgages

Can I Get a Mortgage With Student Loan Debt?

Can I Get a Mortgage With Student Loan Debt?

OK, so you’ve graduated college, gotten a decent job and would absolutely love to buy a house. You might even be crashing open houses in the neighborhoods on your buy list, binging on pretzels and chatting with real estate agents just to get the warm fuzzy associated with buying your own piece of the planet. The... Read More

This For-Profit School Is Forgiving $23.5 Million in Student Loan Debt

Students

This For-Profit School Is Forgiving $23.5 Million in Student Loan Debt

This For-Profit School Is Forgiving $23.5 Million in Student Loan Debt

A for-profit school that allegedly told students their loans would only cost $25 per month to repay must now forgive those loans, federal regulators announced Monday. The firm, publicly-traded Bridgepoint Education Inc., has agreed to discharge all outstanding private loans and refund some students after allegations that it engaged in unfair or deceptive practices, the... Read More

7 College Expenses You Can Cut Back On

Students

7 College Expenses You Can Cut Back On

7 College Expenses You Can Cut Back On

It’s no secret that a college education is expensive, and many students have no idea how to cope with the expense. Tuition and fees aren’t the only considerations: there are overlooked costs that can add up quickly and become long-term debt. Graduating with mortgage-sized loans will affect your credit score, which in turn will affect... Read More

3 Ways Parents May Accidentally Harm Their Child’s Credit

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3 Ways Parents May Accidentally Harm Their Child’s Credit

3 Ways Parents May Accidentally Harm Their Child’s Credit

It’s possible, and sometimes common, for teens and young adults to unknowingly damage their credit, as they aren’t fully aware of how their spending habits are truly affecting them. But sometimes it can go a step beyond youthful mistakes and parents are the ones ultimately prompting the damage to their child’s credit. (You and your... Read More

5 Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Refinance Your Federal Student Loans

Students

5 Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Refinance Your Federal Student Loans

5 Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Refinance Your Federal Student Loans

Many private student lenders are making a big push for a piece of the student loan refinancing pie. Banks and venture capital-backed nonbank financial services companies are hard at work slicing and dicing that trillion-dollar market into bite-size, demographically based refinancing opportunities. Their primary targets? Borrowers who have the best longer-term earnings potential because of... Read More

Do the New Student Loan Servicing Rules Go Far Enough?

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Do the New Student Loan Servicing Rules Go Far Enough?

Do the New Student Loan Servicing Rules Go Far Enough?

Last month, the Department of Education announced a new set of directives to target systemic problems that have plagued federal loan servicing for years. Will the new recommendations help, or will they end up being just another stack of papers piled on to an already labyrinthine federal loan bureaucracy? How Borrowers Are Shortchanged One of the main... Read More

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