As spring turns to summer, the minds of many new college graduates turn from elation over graduation to anxiety over impending student loan payments. As a College Coach finance educator, and former college aid counselor, I’ve spoken with countless graduates over the years who express the same sentiment: when they signed for those student loans each academic year, they knew they would have to pay the loans back. Somehow, though, those payments didn’t seem quite real until graduation day came and the student loan bills actually were on the way. That’s when loan amounts that may have seemed reasonable in the abstract can become overwhelming, especially when comparing minimum monthly payments to first full-time paychecks.
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