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1 © 2003 NSLP How will I repay my student loan? Money Management Options. Principles of Loan Repayment Presented by Todd Woodlee National Student Loan Program

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    How willI repay my student loan?Money Management Options.

    Principles of Loan Repayment

    Presented by Todd WoodleeNational Student Loan Program

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    Why we are here

    n Answer questions about your student loan debt

    n Discuss players and terms and conditions of student loan

    n Give you strategies for managing your student loan debt in/out of school

    n Money Management tips and web resources

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    Your Student Loan Team

    n School provides education

    n Lender makes the loan

    n Servicer manages loan for your lender

    n Secondary market buys loan from your lender

    n Guarantee agency (NSLP) insures loan for your lender

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    n Your lender may sell your loan to another lender or use a servicer to manage your account

    n Your lender must notify you of the new lender or servicers name, address, phone number

    n If you have multiple lenders, you may request that one lender purchase all your loans so you can make one payment to one lender and keep your original loan terms

    Your Loan May be Sold

  • Borrowing a Stafford Loan

    n Subsidized Stafford need based government pays interest while in school,

    grace or deferment periods

    n Unsubsidized Stafford non-need based borrower pays all interest interest is added (capitalized) to principal

    balance when repayment begins

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    Subsidized Loans

    n Federal Stafford

    n Federal Perkins

    n Primary Care Loans (PCL)

    n Loans for Disadvantaged Students (LDS)

    n Some Institutional Loans

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    Unsubsidized Loans

    n Federal Unsubsidized Stafford

    n Private Loans

    n Some Institutional Loans

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    Repayment tip #1

    n Pay interest on your unsubsidized Stafford loan before it is added to your loan (capitalized) to avoid paying interest on interest

    Estimate interest capitalization on your loan FinAid! calculator at

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    Interest Raten Variable rate with 8.25 % cap, adjusted

    annually on July 1

    n Two different interest rates:

    3.46% during in-school, grace and deferment for 2002-03 (91 Day T-Bill + 1.7%)

    4.06% during repayment for 2002-03 (91 Day T-Bill + 2.3%)

    T-Bill Rate:

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    n Begins six months after you leave school or drop to less than half-time study

    n Typical repayment is 10 years with $50 minimum monthly payment

    n You may prepay all or part of loan without penalty

    n You have a choice of four repayment plans and can change your plan annually

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    Repayment Plan Options

    n Standard equal payments of at least $50 for up to 10 years

    n Graduated begins with lower payment which gradually increases over 10 years

    n Income-Sensitive payment adjusted annually over 10 years based on income and

    student loan debt

    n Extended extends payment to 25 years if student loan debt over $30,000 and

    first loan borrowed after 10/7/98

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    Sample loan repaymentsStandard Repayment Option 10 year repayment

    Payment amounts based on 8.25% maximum interest rate







    $ 22,075$ 7,075$ 184$ 15,000

    Total PaymentsInterestPaymentLoan

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    n Know how much you are borrowing and how much you can afford to repay based on your potential income

    n The average medical school debt

    for Public Institution Med Student Class of 2002

    was $91,389

    with monthly payments of $928

    Repayment tip #2

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    Web Resources

    n Occupational Outlook Handbook Salary Information

    n Mapping Your Future Debt/Salary

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    n Find your education loan balances

    n Calculate what you can afford to borrow using Mapping Your Futures Debt/Salary Wizard

    Repayment tip #2

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    Repayment tip #3

    n Keep track of your lender and notify your lender of any changes or if you have difficulty with payments

    n Know your student loan repayment options

    Find Repayment Assistance on NSLPs website at

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    n Use automatic debit to make your payments on time

    n Take advantage of benefits and repayment incentives offered by your lender

    Discounts for automatic debit of payments

    Fee rebates and reductions

    Interest rate reductions for on-time payments

    Repayment tip #4

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    Your Guide to Repaying Your Loan

    n Borrow only what you need and can afford to repay

    n Your lender will provide you with a disclosure with loan amount, payment amount and due date

    Estimate your payments using theMapping Your Future Student Loan Repayment Calculator at

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    n When possible, pay more than minimum monthly payment to reduce interest cost

    n If you have difficulty repaying your loan contact your lender about:

    changing your repayment plan to lower your monthly payment

    getting a deferment or forbearance

    consolidating your student loans

    Repayment tip #5

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    Budget before you borrow

    n Estimate your monthly earnings

    n Budget pay yourself first, save 10% of

    your take home student loan payments living expenses Use the EducationQuest Foundation

    Budget Calculator at

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    Web Resources for Budgeting

    n Money Matters for Students

    n CNN Money

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    Joes Monthly Expenses:$ 800 Housing/Utilities$ 400 Car expenses$ 400 Food$ 650 Taxes (federal, state, FICA)$ 300 Personal$ 1,282 Student loan payment$ 300 Minimum credit card payment$ 130 Savings

    $ 4,262 Joes Total Monthly Expenses

    $ 4,166 Joes monthly salary$ 100,000 Student loan debt$ 10,000 Credit card debt

    Can you afford your future expenses?

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    n Delays repayment for a period of time if you are:

    attending school at least half-time unemployed, but looking for a job experiencing an economic hardship

    n No interest is due on subsidized loans

    n Contact your lender for information

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    Economic Hardship Deferment

    n Debt burden is equal to or greater than 20% of monthly income (monthly gross or 1/12 of AGI)

    n Wages dont exceed minimum wage or poverty level

    n Peace Corp Volunteer

    n Est. $37,383 for $92,000 of debt

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    n Delays or reduces your payments if you have a financial hardship

    n Interest continues to accrue on the loan

    n Contact your lender for information

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    Repayment tip #6

    n If youre eligible, apply for a deferment, but make interest and principal payments when possible

    Find deferment and forbearance information at Mapping Your

    Calculate interest cost at FinAid!

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    n Lets you combine different types of loans, and loans with different interest rates and lenders

    n You must be in the grace period or repaying your loan

    n You can repay over 10 to 30 years, depending on loan balance

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    n Fixed interest rate = weighted average interest rate, rounded up to the nearest 1/8%

    n Maximum rate is 8.25%

    n Standard, graduated, income-sensitive or extended repayment plans

    n Contact lender to apply

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    Consolidation Pros & Cons

    n May have lower fixed interest rate

    n No fees, credit checks or prepayment penalties

    n One payment, one lender

    n Lower monthly payment

    n Lose grace period if consolidate during grace

    n Pay more total interest

    n May lose some borrower benefits

    n Combining loans with spouse may have consequences

    Pros Cons

  • Consolidation ExampleLoan 1 Loan 2 Loan 3 Loan 4

    Stafford $18,500 Stafford $18,500 Stafford $18,500 Stafford $18,500

    Consolidation Loan$74,000 30 years

    Combined Monthly Payment $751

    Use Consolidation Calculator at

    New Monthly Payment $359

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    Taxpayer Relief Information

    n Interest deduction: 2002, income up to $65,000 ($130,000 married) may deduct up to $2,500 in student loan interest payments

    n Lifetime Learning Tax Credit: up to a $1,000 credit for tuition expenses

    n Consult Tax advisor for details

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    Delinquency and Default

    n Delinquent 1 to 269 days late on payment

    Borrower typically reported to credit bureau after 30 days late

    n Default 270 days late on payment

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    Consequences of Default

    n You will lose federal or state income tax refunds and other federal or state payments

    n You lose eligibility for other student aid and most federal benefit programs

    n You will lose eligibility for student loan deferments

    n Legal action can be taken

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    Consequences of Default

    n You may lose your professional license

    n Interest rate on your loan may increase

    n The default is reported to national credit bureaus and your credit rating may be damaged

    n Your wages may be garnished

    n Collection charges and attorneys fees can be assessed on your loan

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    Your Rights & Responsibilities

    n Your loan must be used only for educational purposes

    n Your lender must provide a disclosure before loan is made, and when your loan must be repaid

    n You are entitled to a copy of the promissory note before loan is made

    n You must notify your lender if you:

    leave school, drop to less than half-time enrollment or change schools

    change your name, address, phone number, SSN, references, drivers license number and state that issued drivers license

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    Your Rights & Responsibilities

    n Before leaving school, you must notify your lender of: your permanent address name and address of your expected employer, if known address of your next of kin

    n You must repay your loan, plus interest, even if you dont finish school, are dissatisfied with your education, or cant find a job

    n Deferment or forbearance may be available

    n You can prepay your loan at any time without penalty

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    Repayment tip #7

    n Know your rights and responsibilities

    n Read the fine print, keep copies of loan papers

    n Beware of marketing jargon like smart loan or save 53% now. If it sounds too good to be true

    n Weigh the short-term and long-term ramifications and costs

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    Debt management tips

    n Dont borrow more than you need

    n Get a part-time job during college

    n Use credit cards only for emergencies and pay off the balance each month

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    To find information about your loan

    n National Student Loan Data System or 800-4-FED-AID

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    Web Resources

    n Occupational Outlook Handbook Salary Information

    n Mapping Your Future Debt/Salary

    n Money Matters for Students Budgeting

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    Web Resources

    n VISA Practical Money

    n Money Management

    n Money Management

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    Web Resources

    n EducationQuest Foundation

    n NSLP Financial Management

    n Debt Management Help for Med Students/

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    Student Loan Ombudsman

    If you are unable to resolve disputes with your school, lender, servicer or guarantor

    Department of Education


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    Use Credit Cards Wisely

    n Dont charge more than you can pay off when the bill comes

    n Pay your bill before the due date

    n Pay more than the minimum amount

    n Avoid buying things you dont need

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    The numbers speak for themselves

    If you have a $3,000 credit card balance with an 18 - 20% interest rate and pay only the minimum 3% monthly payment it will take 15 years to pay it off!

    Over 15 years, youll pay double the initial amount.

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    Maintaining Good Credit

    n Pay all bills on time/early

    n Notify creditors of changes

    n Limit number/use of credit cards

    n Limit amount of available credit

    n Review Credit Report annually

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    Good Credit cont.

    n Have no more than 3 Credit Cards

    n Dont owe more than 30% on your available credit

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    What is a credit report?

    n Summary of your credit accounts and how well you manage them.

    n A Credit Transcript

    n Willingness to pay

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    Whats in a credit report?

    n Demographical Information: Address and employer information

    n 7 years of Payment Performance

    n Type of debt

    n Available credit and current balances

    n Inquiries

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    Whats a credit score?

    n Numerical forecast of the likelihood youll default on future loan

    n Based on credit history

    n Credit GPA

    n Developed by Fair, Isaac, Inc. (FICO)

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    Who uses credit scores?

    n Lenders

    n Prospective employers

    n Landlords

    n Insurance Companies

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    What factors affect your credit score?

    n Payment history (35%)

    n Amount owed (30%)

    n Length of credit history (15%)

    n New Credit (10%)

    n Types of credit, mix (10%)

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    Sound financial advice

    Dont live like a physician while youre a student, so you dont have to live like a student when youre a physician!

    -- American Association of Medical Colleges

  • 54 2003 NSLP when you read the fine print.


    .is what you get if you dont.

    -- Pete Seeger