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That $4 daily latte might fuel your studying but your daily coffee habit can add up to over $1,400 per year. It’s not worth taking out additional student loans to pay for lifestyle expenses that can be controlled.

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How to succeed with student loans

For more than 35 years, we've helped students repay their loans and make wise financial choices. Here’s our best advice for succeeding with student loans.
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Borrow for tuition, not for lifestyle
Borrow for tuition, not for lifestyle That $4 daily latte might fuel your studying but your daily coffee habit can add up to over $1,400 per year. It’s not worth taking out additional student loans to pay for lifestyle expenses that can be controlled.
Limit total borrowing to less than your expected 1st-year salary
Limit total borrowing to less than your expected 1st-year salary Some careers pay more than others. What do you think your first year’s salary will be once you graduate? Make sure you don’t borrow more money than your future career will allow you to reasonably repay.
Graduate ASAP – enroll, focus, and finish in as little time as possible
Graduate ASAP – enroll, focus, and finish in as little time as possible The more time it takes you to graduate, the more it will cost. Adding years onto your degree will also take a toll on your finances. Try to take as many credits as possible per semester, focus and finish ASAP.
Set a goal to pay off student loans in 10 years
Set a goal to pay off student loans in 10 years The standard repayment for federal student loans is 10 years, this can be extended to 20 years but wouldn't you rather have extra hundreds of dollars each month in your pocket? Make a goal to pay off your student loan as fast as you can.
Don’t ignore your student loans
Don’t ignore your student loans It’s easy to forget about your future financial obligations when you are in school and focused on your coursework. A study by the Brookings Institute found out that 49% of students can’t estimate their loan within 10% of its value. If you can start paying your loan’s interest while in school you will pay off your loan faster.