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I Have to Start Paying on My Student Loans I Can’t Afford. – Jessica

“Dear Steve,

In 2010-2011 I attended a private graduate school in Chicago and racked up 70,000 in student loans (including current interest). After the first year I realized that the program was not as reputable as I previously thought and I removed myself from the program due to the fear of going into 250,000.00 in debt with no job opportunities. I originally took a 1 year leave of absence from the program before fully withdrawing so that my loan payments wouldnt start kicking in.

Now a year later I just received the letter that my loan payments will start at the end of this month. My monthly payment will be $1,098.00, and my loan is gaining over $400 in interest every month. I feel like I am suffocating under this debt and I dont know what to do or even what options I have.

For more information my loans are federal loans through Nelnet at interest rates of 6.8 and 7.9. I make $1400 a month.



Dear Jessica,

Well let’s see what we can do here. What you might want to do is see if you can consolidate your loans under a Direct Loan and then put them on an IBR plan to create a payment you can afford based on your income. You can use the links below to find out more and if your specific loans are eligible. I just don’t know about the types of loans to make a more concrete statement.

Student Loan Resources

You can use the following student loan resources to help reorganize, discharge or forgive your student loan payments.

The Overall Guide to Dealing With Student Loan Debt

Get Help For Your Student Loan Problem

Discharge Your Student Loans in Bankruptcy

Getting Sued Over a Student Loan

Private Student Loan Help

Student Loan Default

Student Loan Forgiveness and Discharge Information

Watch Out for Student Loan Assistance Programs

Administrative Wage Garnishment

Student Loan Consolidation Information

Specific Federal Student Loan Repayment Program Information

Maybe College Isn’t the Answer

Please post your responses and follow-up messages to me on this in the comments section below.

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  • Abracadabra

    Oh wonderful: here’s how you can AFFORD to be a SLAVE for the rest of your natural life. The education market is a price-fixed conspiracy. You’re country f*ed you; that’s how it is. Expatriate. 

  • laurawahi

    i highly reccomend income based repayment. my payments are zero dollars a month, and will be until my kids are older and i go back to work and start earning. i put your info into the calculator, and even assuming you have no dependants you also have a payment of zero.

    consolodate before you go past due, because you cannot rehab loans after consolodation.

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