(Closed) Student loan Payments

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

With both my student loan and car loan, I usually ended up paying far more than the minimum payment every month and it never changed my monthly payment. Idon’t know much about this kind of thing, but I don’t think they can change your monthly payment just because you want to pay down a loan quicker. Unless it’s stated somewhere, I think your monthly payment is basically locked in and for them to change it, they’d have to renegotiate the terms of the loan with you.

I think. I might be wrong.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My monthly payments have always stayed the same regardless of whether I paid more than the minimum.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

You should be able to call the customer care line for the holder of the loan to ask these questions, because it might depend on who the loans are through. For my loans, if I paid extra my payment would not change. My loans are on a set amortized schedule so the payments would just stay the same and I would simply be done paying them off earlier. But I think it would be best to talk to someone who could look at the details of your specific loan.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m only familiar with student loans in that I have them, I don’t have any professional interaction, but here’s what I can say about it. To the best of my knowledge, the structure of student loan payments is that it’s an evenly distributed schedule, so the payments shouldn’t change over time unless you… I don’t know, intentionally change the payment plan or something. That’s great that his work gets involved in that at all! If the payments going down would result in proportionately less repayment from his job, is that a problem? I’m not sure I understand the situation correctly.

I would also check in with whoever owns his student loans, they are usually pretty good about explaining the basics.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

For me (my loans are through Sallie Mae), when I pay more than the amount due, I have to choose whether to advance my next due date or pay down the principal. Advancing the next due date means that the amount I’d owe next month would be less than normal. You don’t want to do this. 

If you pay down the principal, your monthly payments stay the same, but you’ll just be done payng the loan sooner. This is the option you should choose.

He should call his lender to be sure, though.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I pay mine via check in the mail (I like a paper trail). And in the memo I put “extra toward principal”. And that’s how it goes. The intrest racking up goes down.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

What I’m used to seeing is a set schedule (x number of payments at y amount to pay off the loan in 10 years). If you pay them down further you’ll likely have fewer payments, but I doubt they minimum amount would change unless you asked them to revise your payment structure.

Of course, this is reffering to a DOE loan, if you have other loans they may be handled differently.

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