Many people don’t like to take student loans while studying in college because they don’t want to start their lives with debt. However, I took student loans during 3 of my 4 years of college because it made my life a lot easier while studying.
I am still paying off my student loans 5 years after graduation but I don’t mind. Actually, I love my student loans and I never regret my decision to take out student loans.
Why did you take out student loans in college?
I decided to take out student loans in college to ease the financial burden of working full time, living on my own, and studying in college. I did work full time while studying full time in college. Taking student loans helped me not to worry about paying for books and tuition while also paying rent.
As the amount of student loans is determined by my annual income, I didn’t receive a lot of student loan funding. My GPA would have definitely been a lot higher if I hadn’t worked full time while studying in college.
Student Loan Payments Are Affordable
I originally borrowed just over $12,000 while studying in college, from the government, not from a financial institution. I graduated in December 2005, and after my six months of payment free living, I began to repay my student loans in June 2006.
My Student Loan Payments are affordable as I repay $80 on a biweekly basis. I am able to renegotiate the terms of my student loans at any time. I can change the payment frequency, the payment amount, and make any lump sum payments at any time without penalty.
The interest rate on my student loans is also very affordable. The current interest rate on my student loan is prime rate plus 2.5%. The advantage of having a low interest rate is that the majority of our payments are allocated to the principal amount borrowed. Therefore, our student loans will be paid off faster. I currently still owe just over $5000 on my student loans.
I Love My Student Loans
Student Loans are a smart debt to have because they are intended to fund our education, which is always a great asset. Some people say that having a good education is the foundation for a good career. I absolutely do not regret taking student loans while studying in college, because my life was a lot easier with them than it would have been without them.
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