If you graduated this past spring and used student loans as part of your college financing strategy, you likely just received (or will soon receive) your very first student loan bill. For many graduates, this first bill can come as an unwelcome surprise. Sure, you knew you had to pay these loans back someday, but now that that day is here, and you see the size of your expected monthly payment, you may be feeling unprepared to handle repayment. Rest assured: if that monthly payment seems unaffordable based on your current financial circumstances, you do have some options. The government offers a number of repayment plans for your federal education loans, some of which may provide you with some relief:
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