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My husband has a 40k student loan that we have to start paying off next month. Our payments are over 500 a month ( i don’t know how anyone is expected to save anything with that kind of payment). We have 10k of that money that we had in a CD that we will be paying back to try to bring down the amount. Is there any other FINANCIALLY SMART way to bring down the interest rates? I dont necessarily want to use one of those consolidation companies, bc it seems like a scam and i will be paying a lot more in the end. We are smart people with no other debts that just want to find the best way to handle these loans without falling into any traps.

Thanks for your advice.
no where even close to a million, he works in a grocery store. He went to grad school and it is extremely expensive here.

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    Spock (rhp)
    November 25, 2011 at 11:32 am

    interest rates on student loans are usually lower than any debt consolidation company offers.

    and you won’t get a reduction in the principle on a student loan anyway.

    that said, call the servicing company and ask them if your scheduled monthly payment will decline if you are able to make a substantial payment [your 10k]. if their first answer is “no”, ask if there is a refi program you can get into if you can come up with a substantial payment.

    you don’t have to tell them you have 10k in cash. Let them think that you’ve received some bit of property or rights from an elderly relative that can be sold.

    part of the game is to control the interest costs while increasing your financial flexibility … that means lowering the required monthly payment.

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    November 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Not sure what your husband does as a career, I know my sister got lucky and got a grant because she worked for the state, not sure if that is an option for him. Her grant paid her student loans off. For service for 2 years working for the state.

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    November 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Where did he get that loan from?????!!!!!

    Student Loans from SAAS for example, only charge interest at the rate of inflation, so therefore, they charge very little interest at all. When it comes time to pay it back, as far as I’m aware, they start from as little as £7 a week or something, dependant on your income. Is he making a million £ per week or something?????!!!!!

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