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Navigating Student Loans

This course will teach you how to create a strategy for tackling student loan debt.

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About the course

This course will teach you how to create a strategy for tackling student loan debt.

What you'll learn

Common methods to pay off student loans
How your repayment strategy affects your debt balance
Alternative options to shrink your debt

Course overview

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INTRODUCTION
Getting started
Meet your moderator and dive into our six strategies for paying off student loans.
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Payment strategies
4 MIN
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LESSON 1
Payment strategies
Learn how a well-crafted budget can help you make more than the minimum payment.
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Refinancing vs. consolidating
5 MIN
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LESSON 2
Refinancing vs. consolidating
Differentiate between the two and decide if either strategy makes sense for your situation.
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Debt payment methods
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LESSON 3
Debt payment methods
Weigh the pros and cons of various repayment methods you can use to shrink your debt.
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Repayment and forgiveness
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LESSON 4
Repayment and forgiveness
Find out more about these beneficial options available to borrowers with federal loans.
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Making extra payments
2 MIN
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LESSON 5
Making extra payments
Learn how making multiple payments can impact your balance and how to budget for it.
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Student loan tax deductions
3 MIN
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LESSON 6
Student loan tax deductions
See if you’re eligible for a student loan tax deduction and what steps to take next.
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Meet the experts

Instructor

Mercedes Barba

Mercedes Barba is an Emmy-nominated seasoned editorial leader who is a Senior Editor at NextAdvisor, Bankrate’s sister brand. She is passionate about making personal finance easy and understandable to everyone, no matter their age.

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Instructor

Hanneh Bareham

Hanneh is the student loans reporter at Bankrate. She is passionate about making student loans easier to navigate and understand.

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