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TheOcean
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Another student loan question

What's an acceptable amount of debt for someone to graduate with when you combine undergrad/law school? 80-100k?

I know it's an arbitrary # depending on public/private and job prospects, but what is a solid ball park figure?

Also, is it better to just go through the government or try and get a private loan?
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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Another student loan question
The 80-100k is still an absurd amount, but really it depends on what you reasonably expect to make in income. At about 75k a year I would think 80 to 100 would be manageable without kids and stuff. The government repayment options are way more flexible if you find yourself in need of them as I understand it.

My experience on the subject tells me full 10 year repayment on that amount will be around 1,500 a month give or take.


TheOcean
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re: Another student loan question
Yeah, I'm just trying to calculate my upper limit for loans. I want to take out enough to where I can still somewhat enjoy myself for the next couple of years.

I'm thinking a 60k limit and less if I sell my car. Were you able to work your second and third year while going to school?


The Cable Guy
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re: Another student loan question
I had tops for tuition and I still took out loans. I had to pay about 14,500 when I graduated. Undergrad only.


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Golfer
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re: Another student loan question
It really depends. Wife will have $125k but I'm working and we can live on my income alone.


TheOcean
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re: Another student loan question
are you already making payments?


Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Another student loan question
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Were you able to work your second and third year while going to school?


I actually did work. However, it was to fuel my binge drinking.

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I had to pay about 14,500 when I graduated.


I could have this paid off in < 2 years. The amounts we are talking about are nuts.
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Golfer
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re: Another student loan question
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are you already making payments?


About $50/mo. I could do a lot more but we didn't want to sacrifice our lifestyle to do so.



Teddy Ruxpin
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About $50/mo. I could do a lot more but we didn't want to sacrifice our lifestyle to do so.


I read some of these stories of people paying off some amount in such and such time by living like homeless people. I try to find a happy medium. I only live once, so I'm not going to sacrifice seeing some sights and what the world has to offer to pay off my debts a few years earlier. For me, the best I'd probably go from is 25 years to 20, so its pretty pointless.


boosiebadazz
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re: Another student loan question
what was it like when that realization hit you?

that you'd be paying for 25 years


Teddy Ruxpin
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It was terrible!


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Golfer
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re: Another student loan question
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I read some of these stories of people paying off some amount in such and such time by living like homeless people. I try to find a happy medium. I only live once, so I'm not going to sacrifice seeing some sights and what the world has to offer to pay off my debts a few years earlier. For me, the best I'd probably go from is 25 years to 20, so its pretty pointless.


Well this is while she's still in school. When she's done 100% of her net income will go to paying these off in about 2.5 years


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The Cable Guy
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I could have this paid off in < 2 years. The amounts we are talking about are nuts.


Took me 7. I paid minimum payments for several years and one day realized that I made plenty enough to start upping it. So I pushed it to 300 for a while then said hell with it and paid off the last 7k in a span of 3 months this year. Felt great.


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Joshjrn
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re: Another student loan question
For heaven's sake, don't get a private loan. Are you mad?

Stick with the Federally backed loans. I don't care what kind of rates you get with private loans, nothing beats the safety of being able to utilize income based repayment plans if things get bad, and defferals/forbearances if things get really, really bad.

I owe $90k and my monthly bill is about $300 on Pay As You Go. I could afford standard repayment, but I prefer to keep my "required" payment low and just voluntarily send extra every month to specific loans I want to pay back more quickly (higher interest rates, etc).

P.S. If you are at LSU, go to France after your first year. Seriously. It doesn't matter how much you have to borrow to go. It's worth it. Based on your location, you probably aren't, but I feel strongly enough about it to take a shot, regardless
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C
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re: Another student loan question
When I was applying for student loans and I saw the interest I was going to pay, I declined and got a job. I honestly don't know how people can afford such large amounts of debt just starting off. Goodluck to you all.


CamdenTiger
Member since Aug 2009
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re: Another student loan question
Depends on the job. I had $180,000 when I finished, but my job payed well, and my employer had a debt forgiveness plan. I buckled down everything my first 3 years, and payed it off...


jso0003
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re: Another student loan question
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Depends on the job. I had $180,000 when I finished, but my job payed well, and my employer had a debt forgiveness plan. I buckled down everything my first 3 years, and payed it off...


Holy shite man

What was the employer plan like?


CamdenTiger
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re: Another student loan question
I'd work for them, they paid of the loans, and I owed them 36 months and taxes on the loans, as extra income....


C
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re: Another student loan question
That's pretty common for doctors.


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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Another student loan question
Sign me up for this shite. Maybe I can convince my employer of alternative compensation packages.


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