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‘Tis the Season to Play Our Merry Student Loan Game!

It’s hard to feel “merry and bright” when you’ve got student loans hanging over your head. This season, instead of letting loans dampen your spirits, why not use some of that holiday downtime to make a dent in your debt? Grab a drink (or six) and use our Holiday Student Loan Game to help you get organized, save money and set your loans up for success in the New Year.

Cheers to dominating your student loan debt in 2016 – and happy holidays from SoFi!

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5 Millennial Money Habits (& How They’re Changing the World)

Are you in your 20s or 30s? Do you cringe when people call you a Millennial and make sweeping proclamations about your generation as if you were from some new planet? The stereotypes have become so prevalent that one person took matters into his own hands with a hilarious Chrome extension that replaces the “m-word” with the term “snake people” (feel free to use it on this article).

It may be tough to live with all the attention, but bear with the rest of us.  After all, people born in the 1980s and ‘90s,count for more than a quarter of America’s population and are shaping the world for everyone in new ways. Other folks are naturally going to be curious about the preferences and habits of this new generation of young adults.

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Paying for College: Should Parents Take Out Loans or Tap Retirement Savings?

With higher education expenses galloping far ahead of inflation, parents at all income levels are finding it difficult to help out with their kids’ college education. If you’re one of many parents whose savings is coming up short, even with a 529 Savings Plan, a Coverdell, or other education-specific plan in place, you may be considering other options to cover the expense gap, including taking out a loan or dipping into retirement accounts.

Before going either route, be sure to fully explore the options available to your family, including potential grants, financial aid, work study programs and employer-provided education assistance programs. And if it’s too late to apply or your child won’t qualify for financial aid, your family may still qualify for one of the tax credits or deductions currently available. While these education-related tax credits won’t necessarily help every family due to limitations and income level phase-outs, they are worth exploring if you’re new to the education funding process.

If you want to explore using retirement savings or private loans to help close the funding gap, here is an overview of the available options in those areas.

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How to Pardon Credit Card Debt with a Personal Loan [Infographic]

As families and friends across the country gather for Thanksgiving, many Americans are bringing an unwanted guest along with them: high interest rate credit card debt.

And while it probably won’t be a topic of conversation around the dinner table, it’s always there in the back of your mind – a reminder that you’re spending thousands of dollars on interest when you’d rather use that money to pay for holiday gifts or a ski vacation.

Related: Credit Card Interest Calculator

Fortunately, there is a better solution. Find out how refinancing credit card debt with a low interest rate personal loan can get that unwanted turkey off your back – so you can focus on the fun of Thanksgiving instead.

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