09/17/2020

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SoFi Wants You to Graduate Again. This Time, from Your Student Loan Debt.

The story behind this epic surprise…

Recently, the SoFi team noticed that SoFi members who had paid off their student loans started celebrating their debt payoff. Popping champagne, baking cakes—the posts were coming in almost daily.

We were so inspired by their triumph over debt we started sending them surprises—sweatshirts, sunglasses, champagne glasses, and so on.

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Match Day Milestones—Medical, and Now Dental Too

Today represents a huge milestone for tens of thousands of medical students about to embark on the next stage of their medical careers: Match Day. If you’re a resident, we know you’ve been anxiously counting down the days. And if you’re friends with a 4th year medical or dental school student, we know you’ve been dealing with their anxiety. And hopefully for both of you, today is a huge relief.

We here at SoFi wish a hearty congratulations to all soon-to-be residents who have spent many sleepless nights in the library, crisscrossed the country interviewing, and are readying yourselves to become our next generation of health-care providers.

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SoFi’s Annual “No BS” 2018 MBA Rankings

by Bea Bischoff

It’s that time again: SoFi’s “No BS” Return on Education 2018 MBA rankings are here. Each year, we mine the data from student loan refinancing applications to figure out which MBA programs offer the best return on investment.

If you’re in the process of applying for an MBA or think that an MBA might be in your future, read on. This data tells you more than which school has the best marketing department; it shows you which MBA programs are most likely to lead to a high salary—or a future with a great salary-to-debt ratio.

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Data Suggests Student Loan Stress More Extreme Than You Thought

It’s well documented that student loans are a big source of stress among graduates. For those carrying the 1.34 trillion dollars in student loan debt currently totaled in the U.S., the burden causes strain in ways you might be able to predict—loss of sleep, anxiety—and in some ways that are surprising.

According to a recent SoFi member survey of over 1,200 respondents with student loan debt, the lion’s share of respondents confirmed how student loan stress impacts mental health. Eighty three percent shared that they’ve felt like they couldn’t relax due to the burden of the debt, and a full fifty percent felt that dealing with student loan debt has caused them to feel depressed. Over a third of respondents have reported actually losing sleep due to student loan debt, and a large number noted that it’s caused them to miss out on opportunities to travel, promote self care, and make major life decisions.

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Women Pay Off Refinanced Student Loan Debt Faster Than Men

Data insights provided by the Analytics Team at SoFi

Today’s post is all about how men and women* compare in our student loan refinancing data set. What we found? Both men and women have high student debt loads. (Not a revelation.) Men also get paid more than women on average. (Also not a revelation.)

But here’s what’s interesting: Despite the fact that women have as much student debt and make less money than men, women in the SoFi data set pay their debt off more quickly than men—by nearly 10% (9.3% exactly).

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