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How to Deal with Student Debt After Graduation

By: Michael Millington

Once you’ve walked across the stage and received your diploma, you might not consider all of the things you’d have to deal with after the fact. After the high of leaving college, the first thing we generally deal with is thinking about how to start paying off student loans. In many cases payments don’t need to start until six months after you have graduated. The wait is to make sure you have a proper form of employment to take care of the loan payments. However, there are many issues that can befall a fresh college graduate when accounting for their payments.


Not Having a Job

The most harrowing part of trying to make loan payments is making sure you have proper employment to keep up. As many college grads will tell you, getting a job straight out of college isn’t always as cut and dry as it seems. Unless done through certain methods, getting a job right after college isn’t a sure thing. The problem is that even if you don’t have a job, you will still need to make good on your payments.


Keeping Up With Your Payments

Starting your payments might not be a problem, but keeping up with your payments might pose more of an issue. With college loans, payments will take years to complete. At some point in time you might lapse with your payments due to a number of reasons, like a loss of employment or a medical emergency.


Communicating with Your Lenders

Even if you’re able to make consistent payments on your student loans, they might not work well into your budget. If you can’t make regular payments on your student loans (or the payments you are making make things difficult), it would be best to contact your lender and find out what your options are. Even though there are many horror stories about not paying off your student loans, there are many things you can do to help to avoid the worst. From deferring payments to changing minimum payments, you can always find a way to keep your payments from defaulting.