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Millennials Are Seeking Prenups—and It Might Just Be Worth Considering

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How to Melt Your Student Loans This Summer

Summer is officially upon us, and with it the promise of warm sunshine, longer days and happy memories.  But if you’re one of the 37 million Americans with student loans, that debt can feel like a constant storm cloud over your head – no matter what the weather outside may be.

Rather than let another lazy summer pass you by, why not use the next few months to make a dent in your education debt?  Research shows that you’re more likely to achieve your objectives when they’re specific, measurable and time-bound, making summer the perfect time to set goals and see some progress by the time fall rolls around.   And it doesn’t take much – when it comes to reducing your loan balance, a few small changes can have a big impact.

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Income Based Repayment Won’t Solve the Student Loan Crisis

When President Obama delivered new rules on income based repayment (IBR) for a limited group of borrowers back in 2013, we wrote about the shortcomings of that program. This week, the President extended the new IBR program to cover all borrowers, effective in 2015. It’s the same program as before, and while it can provide payment relief to some borrowers, it has some serious drawbacks. Notably:

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How to Make Student Loan Refinancing a Cinch

For borrowers who are eligible, the decision to refinance student loans is typically a no-brainer. Not only does refinancing allow you to choose between lower monthly payments and a shorter payment term, but it also lets you consolidate your monthly bill and – most importantly – save a significant amount of money over the life of the loan.

But even if you’re excited about the idea of sticking it to your student loans, you may be concerned about how much work will be involved in the refinancing process. Which is understandable, given that most important financial transactions involve a mountain of paperwork and multiple calls to an unhelpful customer service center.

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What Borrowers Need to Know About Rising Grad School Student Loan Debt

Despite all of the conversation the student loan crisis has inspired in recent years, one important piece of the puzzle has often been missing from the dialogue.

While most of the headlines have focused on undergraduate student debt and borrowers, the percentage of graduate student loans has been steadily and stealthily increasing.   Today more people take on a larger amount of debt for master’s, MBA, law, medical and dental programs than ever before.

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How to Save Money on Student Loans (Without Breaking a Sweat)

When was the last time you revisited your student loan repayment strategy?  If you’re like most borrowers, it’s probably been awhile.  That monthly payment may be an irksome reminder of the debt you’re chipping away at, but otherwise you try to avoid thinking about your loans on a regular basis.  Because – let’s face it – thinking about student loans is kind of a bummer.

The problem with this “out of sight, out of mind” mentality is that it can end up costing you more interest than is necessary over the long run – which is bad for your bottom line.  Luckily, there are a few interest-saving strategies that can make a big difference without requiring a lot of time or effort.  We shared three of our favorite strategies over on the Student Loan Hero blog this week – check out the full post here!

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