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    Student loansAbout 60% of all college students will need to take out a loan for college related expenses.
    Student loans are designed to help young adults enter the workforce with manageable debt.
    However students should understand that student loans will be with you until they are paid off completely.  Even filing bankruptcy will not erase your student debts.  Your loans will be paid back, and they will be paid back with interest.

    Loans and Repayment plans

    If you take out the UW La Crosse average of $25,000 and have a standard repayment schedule of 10-years, you are looking at a $276 payment every month for 120 months!

    A good thing to remember is you can always pay more than what your payment plan states. By doing this you'll pay less interest and get rid of the debt faster. also explains the government Student Loan Forgiveness Program on their website.

    Repayment plan

    Monthly payment and time frame


    Standard repayment plan Payments are a fixed amount of at least $50 per month.

    up to 10 years

    You'll pay less interest over the life of your loan under this plan, but will likely pay the mot per month.
    Graduated repayment plan Payments are lower at first and gradually increase, typically every two years.

    Up to 10 years

    You'll pay more for your loan in total compared to the standard 10-year, but you'll have an easier time making payments when the loan is first taken out.
    Extended repayment plan Payments may be fixed or graduated

    12-25 years

    You'll have smaller monthly payments but in the end you will pay much more in interest.

    You are only eligible for these repayment plan if you have $30,000 or more of outstanding loans.

    Managing your student loans

    managing student debt
    Loan default

    Make your loan payments or you risk going into default.

    What qualifies as student loan default

    Late payments in and of themselves are bad but student loan default is when you miss payments on your account for a certain period of time:

    -If you are supposed to make monthly payments and you fail to make payments for 270 days your account will be considered default.

    -if you are supposed to make payments more frequently than monthly and you haven't paid for 330 days your account will be considered default.

    The consequences of student loan default

    -Ineligibility for deferment, forbearance, and other repayment plans.

    -Ineligibility for additional federal student aid.

    -Your account is assigned to a collection agency.


    The penalties can include but are not limited to:

    -Late fees.

    -Additional Fees and interest.

    -Wage garnishment

    -Tax offset (you won't get your tax refund).

    -The entire unpaid balance of your loans and any interest is immediately due and payable (you're no longer on the hook for just the payment, you're now on the hook for everything!)

    -Ruined credit score (makes buying houses or cars extremely difficult.)


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    Interesting Facts 

    The average National Student Loan Debt is $33,000.

    Average Student indebtedness in the state of Wisconsin is $28,128.

    The Average Student indebtedness at UWL is $28,083.

    84% of college students have a credit card.  50% of them have 4 or more.

    Value of money converted to time:

    1 million seconds ago was 12 days ago.

    1 billion seconds ago was 32 years ago.

    1 trillion seconds ago was 32,000 years ago,  prehistory.

    To load a trillion dollars on a train: If we loaded box cars with $1 bills, each car 50 feet long, we could get $65 million in each car. It would take a train 240 miles long to haul the trillion dollars.

    $67,000,000,000 in student loans were in default in 2011.


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