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What the CARES Act means for your student loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 31. It included several changes to federal student loan payments. Here's what it means for you.

COVID-19 and Your Student Loan

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced on March 20th that the office of Federal Student Aid is executing on President Trump's promise to provide student loan relief during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Here’s Why It’s Important To Find A “Get Out Of Debt” Buddy

When it comes to committing to something and sticking to it, it can be helpful to find an accountability partner to help keep you on track. Whether it’s about working out or paying off debt, having someone to hold you accountable is key.

Jessica paid off her student loans in less than 10 years — versus 30

If you think you need to make large student loan payments each month, that’s not necessarily true. Oftentimes, some payment is better than no payment, and Jessica Stewart is proof. She went from deferring her student loans to putting every extra cent toward them, and eventually paid four times the minimum due each month, which resulted in her paying them off in under 10 years versus 30 years.

The State Of Women And Student Loans

International Women’s Day is here and #EachforEqual is this year’s theme. It’s an ideal time to get a handle on both equality for women and student loan debt. With the current U.S. student loan debt around $1.56 trillion, women bear the brunt of more of it than men. According to a recent study, they account for having almost two-thirds of the student loan debt versus men, and here are some ways to handle it.

How student loans impact romantic relationships

Having financial discussions with your significant other is never easy, but it’s necessary to do so. When it comes to student loan debt and romantic relationships, it’s important to discuss it with your partner so the debt does not negatively impact your relationship.

7 Student Loan Myths To Stop Believing

While you may hear certain statements about student loan repayment over and over again, they may not all be true. Here, finance experts decipher student loan myths from facts.

Make a Dent 2020 Challenge

You’ve got big $$$ goals for 2020. We’re here to make it easier to keep those resolutions strong all year.

Here are 8 student loan resolutions you should make for 2020, according to experts

From increasing your income with a side hustle to cutting extraneous everyday expenses to refinancing your student loans, there are several ways to create student loan resolutions — starting right now.

Introducing Boost: crowdfund student loan payments this holiday

This holiday season, in lieu of gifts, get money for your student loans.

Why giving a student loan payment to someone is the perfect gift

Gifting someone a student loan payment may help them more than you know. Especially since every bit counts, even giving some amount can help reduce their overall student debt.

Here’s why there’s a stigma talking about student loans and personal finances

Sometimes, there is a stigma when it comes to talking about money — whether it’s student loan debt, credit card debt, or personal finances in general.

Which Student Loans Are Eligible for Loan Forgiveness?

Overwhelmed by your student loan debt? You could be eligible for student loan forgiveness. Here’s what you need to know about potential programs and eligible loans.

Repaying Private Versus Federal Student Loans

You may have different options for repaying your federal and private student loans. Learn about the differences and how to best manage your loans.

The secret to international travel while paying off student loans

You may wonder if international travel is realistic while paying off student loans. If you're curious, we have covered the basics of what you need to know.

How to Supercharge Your Income In the 10 Years Post-College

The 10 years after college are when pay grows the fastest. Here’s how to max out your opportunities to earn raises and supercharge your income.

What Can You Do If You Can't Afford a Student Loan Payment?

If you’re having trouble affording your student loan, you may be able to lower or temporarily stop making payments without paying fees or hurting your credit.

Why student loans are worth it

While college tuition costs continue to increase, student loan debt does, too. Although you may wonder if student loans are worth it, many people think they are — but also say it depends on the return on investment (ROI). Here, borrowers and experts alike chime in.

How to balance your dream wedding with student loan payoff

Paying for a wedding is never easy and pulling it off while juggling student loan payments is even harder. Here's how to pay for your dream wedding without putting off your other financial goals.

6 women whose side hustles help pay off student loan debt

There are many benefits to having a side hustle, including using the money toward student loans. These six women explain how they do it, and their stories may inspire you to do the same.

How to prioritize saving for retirement while paying off student loans

Pay off student loans or save for retirement: which comes first? Learn how to prioritize your student loans, 401(k), and emergency fund.

Pillar Launches With $5.5M In Seed Funding To Solve the Student Loan Crisis

Pillar, Which is Already Managing More Than $50M In Student Loans, Analyzes Your Loans, Income, and Spending Within One Platform to Determine the Fastest Way To Pay Off Your Debt

Pillar: Helping People Get Out of Student Loan Debt Faster

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re building Pillar — a first-of-its-kind platform that helps people manage, pay off, and save money on their student loan debt.

The 13 Most Common Mistakes When Paying Back Student Loans

When it comes to paying back student loans, there are many common mistakes people make. However, there are easy ways to avoid these mistakes, including keeping track of all your loans, consolidating them yourself, and then automating them.

Your Guide to Student Loan Consolidation

Student loan consolidation and refinancing can be used to combine and simplify student debt. Learn how student loan consolidation can affect payments, rates, and more.

This Trick Will Help You Save Thousands on Your Student Loans

Drowning in student loan debt? Your tax refund gives you the perfect opportunity to save thousands on your loans.

Can student loans be written off?

Learn what a written off student loan actually is and whether it may be an option for your outstanding debt.

Why you should have a side hustle

Whether you want to save money for your emergency fund or put money toward your student loan payments, side hustles are a great way to make surplus income. Here, experts share their thoughts on why you should have a side hustle.

If you default on your federal student loans, here’s what to do next

Defaulting on your federal student loans doesn’t have to be catastrophic. Learn the best ways to get out of default and avoid future mistakes.

The Student Debt Gender Gap: Why Student Loans Weigh More on Women

Women owe two-thirds of U.S. student debt and struggle more to repay it. Here’s a look at stats on women and student loans — and how women can get ahead of debt.

4 ways student loans can impact your taxes

Find out how your student loans could raise or lower your tax bill this year. Your student loans can have a significant impact on your tax refund, either leading to a larger refund, owing less taxes, or a big tax bill.

When do student loans accrue interest?

Thanks to student loan interest charges, your loan balance can grow over time. Learn about how interest works and when it starts to accrue for your loans.

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