If you’re wondering when you need to start paying back your student loans, the answer is usually six months after you graduate. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Read on to learn more about when you need to start repaying your student loans.
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The federal government and most private lenders offer several repayment options for student loans. The standard repayment plan requires you to pay a fixed amount each month for up to 10 years. If you can’t afford the monthly payments on the standard plan, you can choose an income-based repayment plan.
With an income-based repayment plan, your monthly payment is based on your income and family size. You may have to pay a little more each month, but you can extend your repayment period to up to 25 years. If you’re still having trouble making your payments, you can consolidate your loans or defer your loans.
The first step in repaying your student loans is to find out who your loan servicer is and how much you owe. Your loan servicer is the company that collects your loan payments and handles customer service for your loan. You should receive a welcome letter from your loan servicer after you graduate or leave school.
If you don’t know who your loan servicer is, you can find out by logging in to “My Federal Student Aid”, the U.S Department of Education’s online tool for borrowers. Once you know who your loan servicer is, visit their website to learn about their repayment options and contact them if you have any questions.
What Are Student Loans?
Student loans are money that you borrow from the government or from a private lender to pay for your education. The interest rate on federal student loans is set by Congress each year. You will begin paying back your loan six months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment.
The Types of Student Loans
There are four types of student loans:
-Federal Perkins Loans
-Direct Subsidized Loans
-Direct Unsubsidized Loans
-Parent PLUS Loans
Each type of loan has different repayment terms, interest rates, and fees.
The first step in repayment is to find out which type(s) of loans you have. You can do this by logging in to your account on the student loan servicer’s website or by checking your credit report.
When Do You Start Paying Back Your Student Loans?
Most people think that they have to start paying back their student loans right after they graduate from college. However, this is not the case. You actually have a grace period of six months after you graduate before you have to start making payments. This grace period gives you time to get a job and start making money before you have to start paying back your loans.
Federal Student Loans
Most federal student loans have a six-month grace period before you are required to begin making payments. This grace period begins the day after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. If you received Direct Subsidized Loans and/or Direct Unsubsidized Loans as an undergraduate student, you also have a six-month grace period before beginning repayment on those loans. For other types of federal student loans, the grace period may be shorter.
If you have questions about your grace period or need help deciding which repayment plan is right for you, contact your loan servicer. To find contact information for the servicer of your loan, log in to “My Federal Student Aid.”
Private Student Loans
Most private student loans have a six-month grace period before payments are due. But if you consolidate your loans or refinance through a private lender, you may lose your grace period. Check with your loan servicer to see if this is the case.
If you have multiple private student loans, you may be able to consolidate them into a single loan with a lower interest rate. Check with your loan servicer to see if this is an option for you.
How Much Do You Have to Pay Back?
The amount you have to pay back each month is based on a few different factors, including:
-How much you borrowed
-The type of loan you have
-The repayment plan you choose
-Whether you have a co-signer
Your monthly payments will be different depending on the type of loan you have. For example, if you have a Stafford Loan, your payments will be the same every month for the life of the loan. But if you have a Direct PLUS Loan, your payments may start out low and then increase over time.
There are several repayment plans available, and you can change your repayment plan at any time. You can choose a plan based on how much you can afford to pay each month. Some repayment plans base your monthly payment on your income. If your income goes down, your payments may go down too. With other plans, your payments stay the same no matter what happens with your income.
If someone else is responsible for repaying the loan with you (a co-signer), then that person’s credit will also be affected by late or missed payments.
So, when do you start paying back your student loans? In most cases, you’ll begin making payments six months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. If you have multiple loans, you may be able to choose which one you pay first. Remember, if you can’t make your payments, there are options available to help you.