7 New year resolutions to avoid student debt from beginning

By: on 2017-08-04
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Everyone wants to get a fresh yet constructive initiative in the beginning of a new year. If you end up incurring huge debt amounts at the end of the year while studying, you'll definitely looking for some useful new year resolutions in order to control you debts in the next year. This season would be the best time to take some action.

New year resolution to end up the graduation without debt

Good credit is not only important for jobs, with bad credit you'll not even be able to get any new credit as and when required. Professional employers are going to check your credit rating before offering you a job. So, this new year would be the best time to take some constructive resolutions in order to grab a nice job without facing any problems.

# Resolution 1 Give value for money

Try to change your spending habits, lifestyle and your understanding of money. For majority of the students, debt is the most important fact of their lives but, you'll have to try and change this view of yours. Rather than trying to get relief from debt at a later stage, after graduating; it's best for you to avoid incurring debts from the beginning.

Yes, it is true that the costs of education are really high and you'll be required to take on student loans in order to finance the costs of higher education. But, to compensate for this, it would best for you to avoid incurring additional credit card debts and other personal debts while studying.

# Resolution 2 Stay determine with budgeting

You need to first understand that it's always better for you to have a clear idea on your affordability. After knowing what your affordability is, you'll have to plan the expenditures likewise, so that you don't go above the limit till which you can afford to pay in cash. You may be surprised in seeing this, and you may ask why only cash. This is because, the less you use the credit cards, the fewer will be the debts you're going to incur. Thus, lowering your credit cards will help you in incurring fewer debts. In addition, this along with the plan on expenditure and budgeting will be able to help you in lowering the amount you're required to spend each month.

# Resolution 3 Grab the facilities

Find out if the college where you're studying, the state you're from and if the federal government is offering any grants. These grants may help you in paying for the other costs of your education like (cost of buying educational equipments, costs of staying in a hostel) and so on. You may also try to maintain good record as a student as this will definitely help you in getting scholarships that can help you in handling your expenses. Moreover, if you're able to show a good record as a student, in most of the colleges, you can study for less or for free. Being a good student can help you in lowering the costs of your education a lot.

# Resolution 4 Be focused on your financial goals

It's important for you to first decide on how much will be the cost of your education and how much you'll be required to borrow. Then, do some research on the educational loans that are available not only through the federally insured institutions but also through the other private financial institutions.

# Resolution 5 Gather knowledge to keep control over debts

Getting the federal student loans rather than the private ones is a much better option as there are various kinds of federal loans available. Other than that, getting the federal loans too is much easier than getting the private educational loans. Furthermore, making the payments on the federal loans is easier as you may also be able to defer the payments if you don't have the affordability to make the payments as of now. If you defer the payments as you don't have the affordability to make the same, you may get the allowance to continue with the payments once you are able to get a job. There are even various other options through which you can make the payments on the federal loans even if you're not able to manage the payments after getting your job.

Thus, if you want to keep some control on your debts from the beginning, you may easily be able to do that with the federal student loans. There are various federal programs that can actually help you achieve your dream of getting higher education.

# Resolution 6 Try to earn money

You can turn any of the hobbies that you've into a good money making option. This will help you in better debt management as you'll easily be able to make the payments against the debts that you have and also for your expenditures. The world is much more advanced a place now and so you can make money even by selling the items that you posses but you don't require. This will help you not only in getting rid of the items that you don't require but will also help you in earning some extra money as per your requirements. In addition to this, in regards to your hobbies if you like making items of your own, you can make these and then sell those off, online or through the garage sell.

# Resolution 7 Stay updated

Browse this website www.nslds.ed.gov in order to know what kind of loans you have. You'll find a list of all federal loans offered. Check the national student loan data system (NSLDA) to get update regarding your loan.

Final words

With a little effort, you can easily manage the debt payments from the beginning and maintain low spending levels and avoid incurring further debts too. Thus, you can start a fresh in the beginning of the year without any stressful financial burden.Try not to overlook other options. You'll also have to try and improve your income by some means. Getting the federal loans for financing will help you to meet the costs of your education and in lowering your expenditures, and in maintaining good grades.

Last Updated on: Fri, 4 Aug 2017

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