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How to Protect Your Credit and Online Data From Fraud—A Year After The Equifax Breach

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SoFi Member Spotlight on UCLA grad Mavrick Goodrich

Beating the Odds on the Way to UCLA: MBA Grad Mavrick Goodrich Shares His Inspiring Journey and How He’s Tackling Six Figures of Student Debt

In our latest SoFi member spotlight, we catch up with Mavrick Goodrich to discuss the experiences that lead to his UCLA undergrad, pursuing his MBA and furthering his career as a Management Consultant. It’s a moving tale of resilience, learning and always moving forward – personally, professionally and financially. 

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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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A visual timeline of student loans

A Visual Timeline of Student Loans: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

More Americans than ever are taking out student loans to invest in their futures. And that’s leading to…a huge amount of debt across the nation. $1.3 trillion in fact. This year alone, college grads who have their bachelor’s degrees face an average of $37,000 in student debt. And, as of July, over seven million borrowers are in default.

So how to solve it all? Let’s start at the beginning. Scroll through the visual timeline below to see the highlights and lowlights of the past 80 years in student loan history.

Rest assured, there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel (er…timeline).

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Grace Period Ending? Create a Student Loan Repayment Strategy to be Thankful For

During this time, many Americans are taking time to reflect on the things they’re grateful for. But for some people, the season of giving thanks actually represents something that they aren’t all that thankful for—student debt. November and December mark the end of many student loan grace periods, which means this is the time of year when recent grads have to start paying back student loans.

If you fall into this category, here’s something you can be thankful for: a smart student loan repayment strategy. Because make no mistake – paying back student loans does require a strategy, particularly for the average graduate, law or medical school grad shouldering six figure of student loan debt. .

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How student loans affect your credit score

How Student Loans Affect Your Credit Score​: 7 Essential FAQs

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 loans are the ultimate double-edged swords. Invest wisely in your education, and those loans should pay off in the form of higher income over time. But if you mismanage student loan debt, your credit score could suffer—and that could have a big impact on your financial future.

As a student loan lender, we get a lot of great questions about how student loans affect credit score. Here are the top seven.

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