Congratulations on earning your degree and graduating! Having a degree and being done with school is exciting and a big step in starting the life you want. But, now you get to pay off thousands of dollars in student loans. Not sure what to do? Here are some tips and things to keep in mind.
-Don’t stop applying for full-time jobs in the field of your degree
-If you can’t get a full-time job try freelance work or any entry-level position for some income
-Move in with friends or family to save money
-Always make your student loan payments on time
-Never forget student loans affect your credit
-Credit may not be important to you now, but it will in the future
-You can continue your education to defer loan payments
-If you have multiple loans look into consolidating them
-If monthly loan payments are too much, look into extending the life of your loan
-If you are going through a financially difficult time, see if you qualify for a loan deferment
-Volunteering for AmeriCorps or Peace Corps can lessen your loans
-Teaching or offering doctor or lawyer services in low income communities can get you loan forgiveness
At some point you will have to pay off your student loans. However, these tips can help you if you are having trouble finding a job and just can’t afford your monthly payments. After all loan payments start six months after graduation and it currently takes a lot longer than that to get a job in this economy. Ask for help from family or loan companies before you start missing multiple payments which can damage your credit. Research all options since everybody has different income, different loans amounts, and different loan terms. Contact your loan company with any questions you have.