09/17/2020

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Going From $54k in Debt to Saving for a Wedding and House: An Interview with SoFi Member Deanna Krinn

Name: Deanna Krinn

Age: 29

Locale: Bloomington, IN

Alma Mater: Indiana University

By Day: Project Manager at Indiana University Communications

SoFi Member Since: 2015

Approximate SoFi Loan: $54,000, Combined Personal and Student Loan Refi

SoFi Savings: ~$500/month

Deanna Krinn is the first in her family to put herself through college, which she knew would be challenging when relying solely on scholarships and loans.

As a result of having to move to attend college, Deanna maxed out her first credit card, charging $2,000 on it in just a few months after arriving at Indiana University. Despite working three jobs to cover her expenses while in school, her total credit card debt grew to over $16,000, and she was forced to take out a personal loan to keep up with payments.

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3 People on Crushing Student Debt And Creating the Lives They Want

In our next 3 People story, we meet three professionals from diverse backgrounds, cities and careers, who open up about their finances, careers and overcoming student loan debt. Each person’s financial picture, student loans, and repayment strategy differs; however, each refinanced their student loans through SoFi to take control of student debt and pay off their loans faster.

Americans currently owe over $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, according to the Federal Reserve. And when the amount is broken down, its significance becomes even clearer.

CBS News reported in May that the average 2016 undergrad student loan debt is $37,172. But that’s nowhere near what grads of top tier b-schools and law schools face: six-figure student loan debt. Grads of Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management leave campus saddled with average student loan debt of $115,048. Head west to the University of San Francisco Law School, and the average climbs to $162,434.

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How To Prioritize Savings Goals When Paying Down Student Loans

Got student loans? We’ve got you covered with our Student Loan Smarts blog series. Our expert tips and hacks will help you save money, pay off loans sooner, and stress less about student loan debt. Read the other posts in the series to get all the info you need to make intelligent decisions about your student loans.

Student loan debt can cause you to delay important life decisions, such as those around marriage and family, or postpone big savings goals like buying a house. But by refinancing, you won’t have to put your dreams on hold. All you need is a little guidance and a plan.

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