Student loans have become so commonplace in our country that everyone seems to be living with them. According to Forbes in February 2017, there are over 44 million people in the US living with student loans. Those loans amount to over $1.3 trillion dollars!
One sign of hope coming out of the huge student loan crisis lately is that parents are starting to save more for future college expenses. According to Fidelity in 2016, families saving for college has increased from 58% to 72% over the past 10 years. With the cost of college increasing steadily, the more savings we have, the better prepared we’ll all be as parents.
What’s up my friends!? Andy here! We have a new guest post from Drew Cloud who hails from The Student Loan Report which provides unbiased coverage on the latest student loan news. Today, Drew is teaching us about student debt refinancing. With student loans slowing taking over the world, this is a good read for everyone. Enjoy!
Nearly 70% of graduating students have some form of student loan debt. The majority of it is made up of federal student loans funded from the government’s coffers. With the average balance sitting just over $35,000 per borrower, it is not surprising that most look for ways to make the repayment process easier over time.
The cost of college is completely out of control. Every year, the cost to attend a 4-year university increases by twice the inflation rate. To put it in some more personal terms, by the time my 5-year old little girl goes to undergrad, we’ll need around $200,000 to make a 4-year in-state university a reality. Did I mention I have two kids?!
In 2010, my wife Nicole and I got married and started our lives together. Financially speaking, we both really enjoyed the DINK (double income with no kids) status in our first year of marriage. We had a blast going to music festivals, vacationing in the Caribbean and treating ourselves to countless steak dinners.