How to avoid long-standing student debt
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Graduating college and getting your first professional position post-graduation is an amazing accomplishment, but the benefits are sometimes overshadowed by the lingering student loan debt hanging over your head.
Here are some tips to help you avoid long-standing student loan debt.
Look at the debt like an investment.
Many students seek degrees that don’t help secure a financial future and borrow all of their living expenses to do so.
Instead, borrow only what you need and try to supplement that with working a part or full time job during the hours you are not in class.
Attempt to get scholarships and choose a degree program that will help you get a job that allows you to pay off debt quickly.
Compare mortgage rates with student loan rates.
It is possible that mortgage rates might be less expensive than student loan rates. If so, you could cut years off your student loan repayment by taking those lower rates if you currently own your own home.
Compare refinance rates: Refinancing your home and taking a little extra to help you pay for school could improve your financial future significantly. But tread carefully when mixing up your home with other debt. Only pursue this option if it makes good financial sense in the long run. The numbers will tell the story.
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