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Student Loan Interest Rates for 2020-21

Federal student loan interest rates for the upcoming 2020-21 school year will be set lower than the 2019-20 school year. The 2020-21 rates will be as follows: Undergraduate Direct Loans: 2.75% Graduate Student Direct Loans: 4.3% Parent PLUS Loans: 5.3% Student loan interest rates are set annually and apply to any loan taken during that …

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Student Loan Payment Pause

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress and President Trump passed the CARES Act [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act], and millions of student loan borrowers gained a temporary reprieve from making payments until September 30, 2020. Additionally, as President Trump promised two weeks ago, student loan interest is also waived until September 30, 2020. …

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Is College the New Speculation?

Often students earn college degrees to increase their likelihood of future financial stability.  Yet, as college costs are rising, students and their parents subsequently are borrowing more to earn said degree, thus students “spend” the equivalent of a few years’ of post-graduation wages while parents may delay retirement, the question is, “Is college worth the …

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Ever Wonder Why The Dollars in Your Pocket Are Less?

Wonder no longer… Related PostsEasy Does It ACT & SAT Scores Can Affect Financial Aid, Too College Degree: Gateway to Middle Class Prosperity or Financial Burden?

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Does a Free Lunch Exist?

Here’s how to borrow $127,000 in student loans, only repay $87,000 over twenty years, and have the U.S. Government pick up the tab for the $450,000 still owed at the end of the repayment period.  [Notice the quadrupling effect on the total balance owed because of the interest that accrues in the two decade long repayment period? …

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Borrower Beware

Student borrowers aren’t the only ones defaulting on college loans… Chart source: Department of Education & Inside Higher Ed   Related PostsCommon Application Essays Part 3: Defining Prompt 1 Deadlines, Schmedlines Thinking Outside the Box to Pay for College

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Economic Recovery?

Even though the news may be promoting economic recovery, a recent UCLA study showing that middle aged parents aged 50 to 64 are moving back into their elderly parents home with kids in tow for financial reasons – may support a competing meme that shows our current financial state isn’t so rosy.  To further add …

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Student Loan Interest Rate Relief In Sight

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to lower Federal student loan interest rates to 3.9% from 6.8% for the upcoming 2013-14 school year–following the U.S. Senate’s passage of the same bill last week.  The rate reduction would mean  a savings of $944.44 in interest over the life of the loan, for first year college …