Today, according to the CSLA Institute, student loan borrowers in America owe over 1.5 trillion in student loan debt. This can become crippling for borrowers, which directly impacts their overall wellbeing.
Because of that, I wanted to post four possible outcomes to consider when dealing with student loans. These are high-level outcomes and will most likely require greater analysis — depending on any individual circumstance. But it provides a starting point!
Again, there are four possible outcomes to consider when dealing with student loans.
If possible, get the debt discharged. This can be done through death, disability, school problems or fraud. If you experience any one of these, debt discharge could be a possibility.
Low debt to income AND high earning potential — If one year of your income is greater than your total debt amount, the goal will be to try and minimize your interest over time, prioritize the more expensive loans first, and avoid interest capitalization. Refinancing could be an option here. Also, you are allowed to refinance student loans more than once. A debt latter strategy works great!
Long-term forgiveness — If your student loan debt is over two-times your annual income, this may be the route you want to take — especially if your income potential will be limited in the future. Using an income-based repayment plan may be beneficial. Pay slowly and steadily, maximize forgiveness, and prepare for tax consequences. Loan forgiveness here is a taxable event.
If you anticipate a career in public service and you have a high debt-to-income ratio, Public Service Loan Forgiveness is what you will want to attempt here. There are many qualifications you will need to meet to make this work, but the tax free forgiveness of your loans will make it worth it.
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