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Student Loan Debt Crimps Graduates' Style

[Jun 13, 2007.]


While a college education is undoubtedly a wise investment in this competitive marketplace, a number of college graduates are finding that their student loan bills are crimping their style.

A survey of more than 1,500 college graduates by Mathew Greenwald Associates shows that paying back student loans in the 21 st century can be a real burden. The poll showed that, because of their student loan bills, 44 percent of graduates had to delay purchasing a home…28 percent decided to delay having children…27 percent opted against medical or dental procedures…and 32 percent either stayed or moved back into their parents' homes.

However, not all the news about student loans is so discouraging. In fact, it is entirely possible to manage student loan debt effectively—if you're willing to exercise a bit of discipline.

Your first step is to find out the balance, interest rate, and payment requirements for each educational loan you have. The average college student will have somewhere between five and seven outstanding loans at graduation time. Fortunately, keeping track of federal loans is simpler than ever, thanks to the World Wide Web. By clicking onto the National Student Loan Data System website, you can access all your government student loan and grant information.

Also, you should be aware of the fact that the majority of loans, both government and private, can have payment deferment for the first six months following graduation. In addition, make sure you have updated contact information for your lenders since, in many cases, student loans are sold by one lender to another. Without the proper contact information, you may have trouble repaying your loans.

You may also want to investigate loan consolidation, especially if you feel as if you have too many loans to handle. By combining your loans, you may also be able to reduce your monthly payments.

Julie Ann Amos
June 13th 2007
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