Frugal Student: Tips for Paying Back Your Loans

Going to college can bring you with many benefits – but truth be told, for most of the people out there, it does put a strain on their finances too. Student loans can be tough to pay back mostly because most people who are fresh out of college don’t make enough money to afford being in too much debt. You shouldn’t despair, though. There are ways to pay back your student loans sooner and to live a more stress-free life. Here are some of the most important ones:


Learn What Your Grace Period Is

Most of the times, student loans come with grace periods – and this means that the lender will allow you a certain period of time after you graduate before you start making any payments for your loan. Keep in mind that different types of loans (from different lenders) come with different grace periods – and you should be more than acquainted with what that means in your case.

Make Larger Payments

Treating your student loan as a you would a mortgage is a really great idea if you want to get rid of it as soon as possible. For instance, if you have to make a student loan monthly payment of $250, making it close to 2-3 times more than that can lower the time you need in order to fully pay back your lender. With a bit of determination and attention to how you plan your finances, you could get rid of your student loan in 3 years instead of 10!


Create a Plan

Making a budget plan on 3 to 5 years is a very good idea if you want to avoid stretching your student loan repayment period too much. Calculate how much money you make every year and calculate how much money you would be left with if you were to pay your entire student loan in 2 or 3 years. Make sure you create a budget plan for the money that’s left and to stick to it. This will allow you to make larger payments to your loan, which, as mentioned above, can save you a lot of money (and a lot of time too).

Know Your Repayment Options

If you cannot afford making larger payments for your loan and if you feel that you cannot afford making the actual, obligatory payment either, you should know that you have other options. Discuss with your lender and see if you can extend the time needed for the full repayment. This will lower your monthly repayments, but it will also increase the interest rate – so make sure to take both sides of the coin into consideration before making any kind of decision.

Of course, deciding to extend the repayment period may not be a great idea if you want to save money. However, it is a much better thing to do than to simply allow your loan to default. Default student loans can lead to a lot of trouble (including having your wages stopped and ruining your credit score too).