For rising high school juniors and seniors, choosing and applying to colleges can be both challenging and exciting. From interviews to campus visits, you may get caught up in the moment and not give much of a thought to the price tag of the life plan you’re launching. Once you add student loans into the mix, you may find yourself on the fast track to financial heartache. Check out the 17 ups and downs of the student loan lifecycle:
#1 The Trauma of Financial Aid Paperwork
Bella had a baby, then she died and I still have to go home and work on my FAFSA…
#2 The Sheer Joy of College Acceptance
Getting into my first choice college: YOLO!
#3 The Headaches of Dealing with the Financial Aid Office
Dobby must punish himself for using blue ink instead of black!
#4 The Unfortunate Allure of Easy Private Loans
The dance of the private student loan lender can be strangely seductive!
#5 The Unadulterated Thrill of a Refund Check
What? I get money in my pocket from my financial aid to spend on whatever I want???
#6 Offers of More Easy Private Student Loans Each Year
Are you kidding? I can borrow more and more money and you’ll keep sending me checks?
#7 Graduation Day Arrives With All Its Glory
I did it, oh yeah. I did it, oh yeah. I’m a graduate, oh yeah. Check me out, oh yeah…
#8 Reveling in Your Six Month Post-Grad Grace Period
Got no worries. Got my degree. Got plenty of time to get a job before my loans come due…
#9 OMG! Your Grace Period Is Over!
Uh-oh. Here comes my student loan payments. No job. Life coming at me too fast. Aaaaaaaagh!
#10 Utter. Confusion.
Can’t think… What to do about… Huge student loan payment… Still no job… Brain cramp…
#11 Late Notices Start
Must pay my student loan or else. Ouch! Must pay my student loan or else. Ouch!
#12 Forbearance Granted!
Thankfully my student loan forbearance notice came in the mail today!
#13 Land a Job
Just got my first job out of college – what do you think of the uniform?
#14 Realize You Still Can’t Afford Your Payments
Yikes. Paycheck not stretching to cover all bills. No… room… to… breathe…
#15 Enroll in IBR
OMG! OMG! Really? I can get an income based repayment plan? Fabulous!
#16 Start Making Consistent Payments
Get paid. Make student loan payment. Get paid. Make student loan payment. Repeat as necessary.
#17 Pay Off Your Loans – Yeah Right.
After 40 years, paid off all my student loans I did. Almost too old to celebrate, I am.
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