Ask Jeni is a service offered to tuition.io users that lets real borrowers ask Jeni Burckart, our student loan coach, questions about their student loans. Here’s an example of one of those questions. I currently pay almost $1,300 a month on my student loan. I have just over $62,000 in loans left to repay, my […]

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The good news is that student loan interest rates did not rise quite as high as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau predicted and that we wrote about in May. The bad news is they still rose significantly over what the rates were. Undergraduate loans were at 3.86%, graduate loans were 5.41% and PLUS loans were […]

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With educational debt averaging $27,000 per college graduate – and many owing even more – this is somewhere between a house and a car’s worth of borrowing. If you don’t own a home, then student loans are probably your highest dollar amounts of debt. But you have to consider your student debt in the context […]

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If you’ve got a superstar academic kid, you may have considered the Ivy League but didn’t apply because of the high cost and worries over having to borrow a mountain of money to attend. In fact, graduates from Ivy League schools often come out of school owing far less than their counterparts at “bargain” state […]

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Another state is stepping up in the fight against student loans. Illinois has proposed HB 5323, The Higher Education Student Assistance Act, that would help combat debt for state grads and offer them a brighter financial future. The bill’s sponsors wrote into the legislation that it should be modeled on Pennsylvania’s Pay It Forward Pay […]

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Last year, we saw some major changes in student loan legislation and this year, we may see even more. The Higher Education Act is due to be reauthorized and that could bring changes to both federal loans and interest rates. In addition, lawmakers are pushing a number of student loan reforms to help mitigate the […]

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Still in college and borrowing to pay for it? If so, there are some smart money strategies you can implement now to keep your debt under control (and even reduce it) while you’re in school. Paying at least your interest while you’re in college will make life better after graduation without seriously impacting your life […]

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The last days before the tax year comes to a close are upon us. Now is the time to make those last minute donations of clothing, goods and appliances to rack up additional tax deductions, and now is also time to make some decisions about how you file your 2013 tax return. Your student loan […]

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Did you know you can deduct up to $2,500 per year in student loan interest from your taxes? If you are paying back student loans and not taking this deduction, you are giving money away! If you’re single you should definitely be taking advantage of the student loan tax deduction. If you have student loans […]

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