When It Comes To Student Loan Debt… You’re Not Alone!
Escalating college tuitions are making student loan debt an eerie fact of life for students everywhere. The average cost of tuition for 4-year colleges has more than doubled over the past 30 years. By the time you add up the cost of tuition, plus room and board, the cost of attending a private college hovers around $29,026 per year and around $12,127 at four-year public universities. Consequently, debt from educational loans has reached overwhelming epic proportions. As we face these uncertain economic times, more individuals are feeling the pressure of the costs of education.
The facts don’t lie; graduates are having a hard time coping with debt and are in need of debt relief. The percentage of Americans with outstanding student loans that say this debt is preventing them from making major purchases, such as a house or a car is increasing. Thirty percent of those polled say their student loan debt is a major burden. Once an individual becomes part of the student loan abyss, they must tread lightly. If this debt is not managed properly, it can not only lead to bad credit, it can also lead to loss of eligibility for future federal aid, and the possibility of wage garnishment and the withholding of tax refunds.
I truly believe it is time for college students and graduates to rally together and establish a grassroots organization that lobbies for student loan reform. Unless that happens, the powers that be will gladly sit back and watch as the student loan debt meter continues swelling to epic proportions.
If you are having challenges with paying your student loan, there is help with nonprofit organizations such as American Student Assistance. They offer outreach and education, loan repayment counseling, budget planning, information on repayment options, and even help for borrowers who have defaulted on their loans.
If you have federal loans through the Direct Loan program, you may qualify for an income contingent repayment plan. Or, if your income isn’t sufficient to repay a federal loan, you can apply for an economic hardship deferment or forbearance, which would suspend or reduce your monthly payments. Just bear in mind that the interest will continue to multiply on student loans that are not federally subsidized. The important thing is to act now! Don’t wait until action is taken against you. To determine if you qualify for any these programs, check out the website Finaid.org
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