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4 Big Mistakes People Make When Choosing Their Student Loan Repayment Terms

If you’re looking to take out a student loan to pay for an undergrad or grad degree, you’re about to join the club of Americans also carrying large amounts of student loan debt—$1.4 trillion total across the U.S., in fact. While taking out the loan may be the right move to pay for school, that decision is also paired with another one that could have impacts down the line on your long-term financial goals: your student loan repayment terms.

Student loan repayment terms can factor heavily into how long it takes to back your student debt, so you’ll want to make the right call out the outset. To make sure you can pay off that debt faster later, steer clear of these four common mistakes when choosing your loan terms:

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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 2016, 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 One Attorney Paid Off Six-Figure law school student loan debt

Five Years to Becoming a Debt-Free JD: How One Attorney Paid Off Six-Figure Law School Debt

Law careers are traditionally viewed as lucrative and enviable. Yet, many attorneys are saddled with mortgage-sized law school debt after graduation.

About five years ago, Harvard Law School left one law school grad and blogger, DebtFreeJD, with nearly $150,000 in student loan debt. After a few years of payments, she’d made a $25,000 dent in that total. Then, she and her husband made an ambitious vow to tackle her remaining law school debt in one year and two months—about the same amount of time it took to build the Empire State Building. Today, thanks to diligence and a refinance, she has earned her DebtFreeJD moniker.

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How to pay off student debt faster in 2017

17 Ways to Accelerate Your Student Loan Payoff in 2017

New Year’s resolutions come and go, but student loans? Not so much. When 2018 rolls around, wouldn’t it be nice to see you’ve made a significant dent in your student debt—or have even decimated it completely?

If you’re serious about paying off student loans in 2017, we’ve got 17 easy and effective ways to help you do it. Check out our list, and start committing to your financial resolutions today!

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