Struggling with your student loan debt? It can be hard to find answers. We’ve compiled some free resources that can help you manage your debt, whether you’re a recent grad, a parent of a student, or someone who’s had loans for awhile.
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The CFPB’s Repay Student Debt resource guides borrowers through a series of questions to help you determine the best option to pay down your debt. CFPB also has answers to frequently asked questions about student loans.
NerdWallet’s Student Loan Calculator
A personalized tool that helps you determine what you owe and a timeline for paying it off.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
If you work for the government (local, state or federal) or for a 501(c)(3) non-profit and have Direct Loans, you’re likely eligible for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after a certain number of payments.
Student Loan Borrowers Assistance
A website from the National Consumer Law Center that guides you through a series of questions to determine the type of loan you have and suggests possible solutions to potential difficulties (deferment, new repayment plans). It also has guides to dealing with repayment, bankruptcy, collections and possible cancellation, along with an advocacy guide.
After you sign up, this website links your bank accounts, credit card accounts, retirement accounts, loan accounts and more so you can keep track of your finances in one place. It also has apps to help with budgeting and financial goals. *Requires sign up*
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