Keeping Your Records in Order
So, you finally did it! You graduated from college, you've got your diploma in hand, and you're excited to step into a brand new world that will certainly welcome you with open arms and plenty of new opportunities.
Yikes! What is this? A student loan payment due already?
If you're like most recent college graduates (and even if you're not a recent grad, you know the feeling), student loan debt can be a huge hindrance to your life after graduation. Just a few months ago, you were worried about frat homes, final exams and all-nighters. And now? You're wondering how you can probably pay off the massive amount of debt piled on top of you.
Well, fear not. Your first step towards paying off your student loans should be some form of consolidation that will allow for you to bring all your student loans together into one easy monthly payment. To do this, keep good records of all the different types of loans – big and small – that you currently need to pay back. Then, see which ones you can consolidate at a lower rate.
By doing so, you will be ahead of the game and will immediately save money on the loans you are paying back.
Speaking with a Financial Aid Specialist
If you're confused – as many recent college grads are shortly after graduation – speaking with someone who knows how to consolidate student loans might be the best step for you. Find someone who specializes in student loans and knows how to pay off loans quickly and efficiently.
Taking this step is very important. Unfortunately, many people avoid talking with debt specialists for a variety of reasons. Explaining your situation to a professional makes it much easier to develop a plan for eliminating your student loan balance.
While you're talking with a debt specialist, do all you can to start learning the loan consolidation process. How many of your loans can you consolidate? Will you save money by consolidating? How long will you have to pay back your student loans? All of these questions will help you get a better understanding of how your loans operate and what you need to do to pay them off.
Keeping Up with Your Payments
Once you've started the consolidation process, gotten everything into order and are ready to start paying off your student loans, it's important you keep up with your payments. Many times, even after consolidation, you may be sending one or two or three checks out every month. Keep accurate records of every payment you send and be sure to make them on time. Extra penalties and fees are the last thing you need.
It's vital to get a jump on your payments so you have the best chance of paying them all off in a timely fashion. You do not want to be in debt forever, so let student loan consolidation do the work for you.