About 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.
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.
Debt.org also explains the government Student Loan Forgiveness Program on their website.
Make your loan payments or you risk going into 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.
-Ineligibility for deferment, forbearance, and other repayment plans.
-Ineligibility for additional federal student aid.
-Your account is assigned to a collection agency.
-Additional Fees and interest.
-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.)