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Student Loan Management Tips For Millennials

Millennials are more burdened by student loans and student loan debt than any generation before them.  This has made credit debt management that much harder for this group. Therefore, this article will focus on student loan management tips for millennials. Each year the cost of college continues to rise. This is likely one of the key reasons why student debt has become the second-highest consumer debt category, surpassing credit card and auto loan debt. Some good debt advice on student loan management may just be what you need right now to come out of this difficult situation.

With a global pandemic and everything readjusting, it is ever more crucial to understand the possible solutions. In a time where everything is uncertain, it is important that you are prepared to handle consumer credit in any way you can.

Student loan management gives you direction for paying off debt.

Student loan management gives you direction for paying off debt.

Student Loan Management Tips for Millennials

  1. Understand your loans and loan agreements – It is important to understand
    • The types of student loans you have
    • The variety of student loan repayment options available
    • Different programs offered to federal and private loan borrowers.  Read your promissory note, which is a legal document.
  2. Make payments on time – Making payments on time is not only the best way to avoid loan default and eventually pay off your loan, it’s an excellent way to build credit. Building good credit also helps when it comes time to make a big purchase, such as buying a house.
  3. Create a budget – Create a post-college budget. Make sure it includes all expenses, from credit card payments to utilities and groceries. By creating a budget and sticking to it, you can ensure enough savings to pay your loans on time.
  4. Keep good records and track your loans – Track all payment schedules and keep a paper record of every monthly payment. Utilize online tools and platforms to manage your loans and stay up to date.
  5. Address any financial challenges quickly – If you are having trouble making your monthly payment, don’t wait to address the problem. Research your options and talk to your lender. A borrower is usually considered in default if he or she has failed to make a loan payment for 270 days or more. Don’t let it get to that point. Some options that are available to you may be:
    • Switch repayment plans
    • Consider an income-driven repayment plan
    • Change a payment due date
    • Secure a deferment or forbearance

In Summary:

If you are financially burdened the first step you may need to look at is your student loans. Your discipline in student loan management will certainly have an impact on your financial stability. Therefore, make sure that you take necessary action early enough and plan for your financial future.

If you are a millennial seeking credit counseling services, sign up for a free credit counseling session with one of our debt counselors today! 

ABOUT AUTHOR / Dilini

Dilini is a Marketing Communications & Programs Associate at ACCC. To anyone, managing finances can be a real challenge! Any tips and tricks to help get through this are great! Dilini will share her experiences, tips, and tricks along the way through the Talking Cents blog. Stay tuned!

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