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How Much Is Your Student Loan Costing You?


Question: How Much Is Your Student Loan Costing You?

Many people put student loans in a debt category separate from credit cards, car loans and other types of loans. This happens because student loans are used for a good purpose. They help to increase your earning potential, and so the payoff on the loan is considerable. People often put off paying off these student loans because the interest rate is low, and they can manage the payments easily. However, it is important to pay off your student loan as quickly as possible.

The best motivation to do this is to realize how much your student loan is costing you. Think about the amount of interest that you will pay over the life of the loan. You can save yourself this interest by paying off the student loan early. For example, if you have a loan of $28,000 with an interest rate of 2.5 % and you pay it off over twenty years, you will pay over $7,000 in interest. But if you took the monthly payment of $148.37 and invested it in good mutual funds and received a return rate of eight percent you would have over $75,000 in investments.

Another thing to consider is how much your student loan is limiting you in terms of choices and responsibilities. Would you be able to quit the job you do not like and start your own company if you did not need to worry about your student loan debt? Would you be able to travel more often without that extra payment each month? Debt can hold you back from trying to do the things that you want to the most. Your student loans may have helped you finish college and land a good job, but they may allow you to do the things you want to now. If you pay them off, you will have the additional money in your budget to save or to spend.

Once you determine that you want to get out of student loan debt it is not difficult. You just need to apply extra money towards the principle amount each month. This will reduce the amount you owe and lower the amount that you are charged in interest each month. Once you begin doing this you will be surprised at how quickly you can pay off your student loan. If you are having a hard time managing your finances, you may want to take the time to set up a budget. Once you are following a written spending plan each month, you can find the extra money you need to put towards your debt. You may be surprised at how quickly you can pay of your debt, once you determine you want to do it. If you need to you may need to take on a second job, so that you can find the additional money you need to pay off your debts more quickly. Student loan interest rates may go up in the future, but paying them off now can protect you.

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