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When to consider refinancing student loans

Here’s When to Consider Refinancing Your Student Loans

When was the last time you took a close look at your student debt? If you’re like most borrowers, particularly those with six figures of student loan debt from graduate school or MBA programs, you probably shudder at the thought. Chances are, you set up a loan repayment plan after graduation and figured you’d revisit it “later”—say, when you’re making more money, when your career is more secure, when you have more time.

This approach is understandable, since after receiving your undergraduate or graduate degree your focus is on other things (like building a career that will help you pay off your loan balance). But if you let that nebulous “later” date turn into “never,” the repercussions can be costly. At some point, refinancing your student loans could save you a significant amount of money. You just need to figure out if you’ve reached that point.

So how do you know when it’s time for a student loan debt check-in? Here are four factors that should prompt a second look:

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How Student Loans Could Impact Your Taxes

With Tax Day (April 18th this year) just around the corner, it’s time to get serious about your taxes. If you paid tuition or student loan interest in the previous tax year, you may qualify for a student loan interest deduction or education tax credit—which could mean a lower tax bill or a higher tax refund. Here’s a simple breakdown of the tax credits and deductions you might be eligible for.

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How the Fed rate hike impacts student loans

Here’s What the Fed Rate Hike Means for Student Loan Rates

One of the best things about earning a degree in the United States is that students can borrow money to go to school. One of the worst things about borrowing that money? Paying it back—with interest. And now, with the news that the Federal Reserve has increased the target range of the Federal Funds rate by 25 basis points, you’re probably starting to sweat over whether the student loan payments that already tax your budget every month will go even higher.

But instead of simply stressing and hoping for the best, you can make an informed decision about what’s right for your financial future—and we want to help., Below, we’ve identified four steps you can take to get centered and make the right move on the heels of the announcement.

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Financial steps to take before having first child

How to Financially Prepare for Your First Child: A 9-Point Survival Guide

From the sleep deprivation to the midnight feedings, your first child will represent a major—albeit wonderful—shift in the way you live. What’s more, your beautiful addition will also represent a shift in the ways you spend and save.

Raising a child is expensive—the USDA’s most recent report (2013) estimates the total cost from birth to age 18 at $245,340. So planning for your first child means also examining your finances and your future financial goals.

Here are nine ways to prepare financially for baby in just nine months.

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Here's what you need to know about refinancing student loans

Should I Refinance My Fed Loans? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’ve thought about refinancing student loans, chances are your next question is whether you can refinance federal student loans. After all, most of the $1.4 trillion in outstanding student loan debt is made up of fed loans.

The short answer is yes— you can refinance federal student loans with a select few private lenders, including SoFi. This is great news for borrowers with high-interest rate federal unsubsidized or PLUS loans.

However, there are a few things to be aware of before you refinance fed loans. We’ve gathered the most frequently asked questions from our blog and social media channels about federal student loan refinancing to help you decide whether it’s right for you.

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