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Much Needed Debt Relief for Students

[Apr 24, 2007.]


If you are trying to pursue your education beyond high school, you're probably well aware of the tremendous bills associated with a college education. In order to avoid falling into a debt trap you’ll have trouble getting out of, consider following these helpful financial tips:

If you're a homeowner, consider refinancing your house or obtaining a home equity loan to help ease your financial burden. Keep in mind, however, that if you are unable to repay the loan, you could end up losing your most precious asset-your house. Also, carefully investigate what kind of closing costs and fees you’ll have to pay in connection with the loan. Otherwise, you could end up with an unpleasant surprise when your first payment is due.

You should also be careful to borrow only the amount you really need. If you over-borrow, the result will be what’s known as an "underwater mortgage" - meaning you owe more than your house is actually worth. If you intend to sell your house soon, you might have great difficulty recouping your losses.

In addition, you’ll need to carefully consider whether you can afford the monthly equity loan payments in light of your current budget. If you think you might have difficulty paying the bills, you might want to consider an option other than an equity loan.

You may also need to factor in private mortgage insurance—an expensive proposition. However, it is possible that these insurance premiums will be tax deductible in your particular case. That could ease your financial strain quite a bit, both in the short-term and the long-term.

Obviously, you'll want to look for a loan with a low interest rate, but try to avoid gimmicks which could cause you to pay out a great deal of money in the long run. Remember to read the loan terms carefully in order to determine if you can really afford the loan.

Thankfully, there are numerous debt relief options available to student borrowers today - a home equity loan being one of the more attractive possibilities. Check with your financial adviser to determine which is the best option in your particular case.

Julie-Ann Amos
24th April 2007

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