As you start to repay a student loan there are several crucial steps that you have to follow in order to make sure that this is a quality experience. I personally feel that how you deal with your student loans will be a major factor on how you deal with car payments, mortgage payments, and any other large monthly bill that you have for the rest of your life.
As many of you know when you don’t pay your bills for a loan you could face defaulting on a loan. You need to make sure you are aware of the promissory note that you agreed upon for the loan so you fully understand your loan conditions, responsibilities, and rights.
Some of these tips can make a huge difference in how well you fulfill your side of the bargain. First of all, review and comprehend all of the communication you have between you and your lender, servicer, and/or loan holder. Make sure that you are quick to respond when required to do so by the creditor.
Now life is going to happen and you are going to possibly move, change your name or address, or whatever may happen. If this is the case then contact your lenders immediately. Also contact them if you have questions about your billing statement, have problems making your scheduled payment on time, or want information on or application for deferment or forbearance.
Also understand that sometimes you might have payment issues because of whatever reason that happens in life, make sure that this is always a priority to handle for your credit. Make sure you are knowledgeable about deferment and forbearance and you are able to exercise your options when you need them.
Another option may be for you to understand pros and cons of loan consolidation and how you can lower interest rates and combine payments. This can save a lot of time, and at least save money short term.
The main priority is that you send your student loan payments when due each month, for the full monthly payment amount or more, regardless of whether or not you get a bill. If you don’t do this then this can destroy your credit and as I said this will be a large factor on how you handle bills for the rest of your life. You don’t want to start having bad habits now at this early stage in your life because you will need credit for so many more options down the road such as getting mortgage, furniture, cars, cell phones, etc.
Understand the payment options provided by your lenders to support your situation financially to get ahead. With some options, you can minimize the total cost of the loan by making higher monthly payments to save money down the road after school.
With all of these points remember to keep focusing on ways in your daily expenses to save dollars here and there or to make more money here or there with a small business or a part-time job. Cut your corners and save yourself financially so you can enjoy your future.