(Closed) Student Loans and paying them off…

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: What would you do?
    Pay the payoff balance...goodbye Direct loans, kiss my A$$! : (29 votes)
    33 %
    Pay the payoff balance..are you insane lady?!! : (12 votes)
    13 %
    Pay most of it and leave about $5K to pay : (18 votes)
    20 %
    Pay most of it and use the other to pay off ofther bills : (30 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 3
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    2030 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    What’s your interest rate? If it is super low then you might be better off putting the cash into a savings account instead.

    Post # 4
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    1108 posts
    Bumble bee

    From what I understand, you can get a tax break for paying student loans.  So I chose the pay most and leave 5k option.

     

    Post # 5
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    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    I don’t know if this is the most sound decision, financially, but I would TOTALLY pay it off. Don’t feel bad about your $70K, though… just ask a JD what he/she borrowed. 😉 Personally, I can’t WAIT to pay my loans back, and if I could do it all at once, I absolutely would.

    The smarter thing to do, of course, would probably be to pay off half or 3/4 and consolidate the rest into a reasonable monthly payment that you can manage even if things go really badly with your job (knock on wood).

    Post # 6
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    2271 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    AH I feel your pain. I have been teaching for 13 years and I am still paying off my loans from grad school!

    Post # 7
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    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    As a student, my immediate instinct is: “Direct loans, kiss my a$$!”

    I’d either save your windfall and increase the amount you pay off monthly or pay off the entirety of the debt. I don’t really see the point in leaving a little debt if you can take care of it all at once, but on the other hand, that’s a lot of money to let go of so quickly!

    Post # 8
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    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    @surkim: That’s only if you earn 55K a year or less, I believe, and it only applies to the interest you pay.

    Post # 9
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Wow… #1 I’m jealous 🙂 

    I have 80K in loans (BA/JD) but my interest rate is pretty low. If I were you I would pay off ALL other debts first, stick 6-8 months in the bank for a rainy-day fund, buy myself a pretty purse and/or shoes, then put the rest towards the loans. 

    Post # 10
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    474 posts
    Helper bee

    student loan debt is better to have than credit card debt, so if you have any credit card debt, I would pay that off first! I hear you on the stress of having to pay back massive amounts of loans though. I will have about 75k by the time I graduate with my Master’s this year.

    Post # 11
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    2408 posts
    Buzzing bee

    part of my is all, “pay it off now!” but i do understand the tax break. how about a happy medium: pay off a good portion and save the rest as a rainy day fund? but considering how much extra money you will have at the end of the month since you’re no longer paying off the loan can go towards the rainy day account. hmm, i say pay off the loan and be done.

    Post # 12
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    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’d say what is the interest rate, do you have any other loans at a higher interest rate, do you have anything set aside in savings, and since it sounds like your annual income would qualify for the student loan interest credit- would that make a difference in your taxes?  If you having nothing in savings, I’d put some there.  If you have the crazy super low interest rate, I’d be inclined to pay some off but maybe not the whole thing.  You never know when you might need that money and if things improve, you could pay off more.

    I was around the 80K mark when I graduated and am down to the final 10K, so I know your pain!

    Post # 13
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    7081 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Over the years, I’ve found a couple of different loan forgiveness programs that I’ve put to work for me.  I’m going to try to limit the amount that I pay myself, because with this money having the lowest interest rate I’ll ever get, I’d rather put my disposable income to work for me.  Far better to make a wise investment that will pay a higher interest rate than to pay off cheap money that has an interest rate that you’ll be unlikely to ever get again (my loans are at like 2.75%).

    I will say that I’ve structured my life and career so that I’ll hopefully always have a loan forgiveness option (working in underserved areas or doing research that allows other institutions to pay my loans).

    Best of luck!

    Post # 15
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    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I would never kick you for your $70k loans 🙂  Mine is $120k and my Fiance knows about it…god bless him for still wanting to marry me!!

    Post # 16
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    4385 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i would definitely just pay it off. i hate having debt!!

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