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[May 10, 2007.]


Now that tax season is officially over, many Americans are taking stock of their finances once again. That includes the nation's college students, who face particular financial challenges in 2007. Financial experts are offering the following tips this spring for helping students to avoid the pitfalls of excessive student loan debt:

  • Paint yourself a complete financial picture. Figure out exactly how much you owe in student loans, what your interest rates are, and what your monthly payments are likely to be. You can find information on your federal student loans from the National Loan Data System.

  • Consider paying on your student loans, or at least your interest, while you are in school. Delaying payments until after graduation may only delay your financial pain. You may actually be in a better position to make student loan repayments while in school as opposed to after you leave your alma mater.

  • Experts say good money management means paying off your highest-interest rate loans first. In the long run, you'll end up saving money that way. Just for your information—Stafford Loans and PLUS Loans tend to have lower interest rates, so you might want to consider obtaining those in preference to other types of loans.

  • You should also consider taking advantage of all the possible benefits offered by your lender. You may be able to reduce your interest rate by agreeing to monthly debit payments or enrolling in some other kind of special loan program.

Take time to investigate student loan consolidation or refinancing. Such tools have become increasingly popular ways for students to rein in their educational debt. Financial experts say you may be able to save thousands of dollars this way. You can combine your payments into one low monthly payment, obtain discounts on your interest rate, and other perks.

Julie Ann Amos
May 10th 2007
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