Plan for Repayment
Keep In Mind You Must Repay Your Loans !
Students must keep in mind that they are legally responsible for fully repaying all of their loans according to the terms outlines in their Master Promissory Note.
Students should make every reasonable attempt to minimize the amount that they borrow. A good "rule of thumb" is to borrow only what you need AND what you can afford to repay!
The general "rule of thumb" is that your student loan payments should not exceed 8% of your gross earnings. But what does that mean "in plain English"? Mapping Your Future has developed a Debt/Salary Calculator to demonstrate what income you would need to pay off your projected debt.
The simplest example will be a student starting graduate school during the 2012-2013 academic year AND who has no undergraduate federal student loan debt. This student will be potentially eligible to borrow a maximum of $20,500 under the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program. If the program can be completed in three years:
- Based on student loan debt of $61,500.00 to be repaid over 10 years at 6.8 percent interest,the student's estimated monthly payment is $707.74. To support repayment of the debt, the student should earn at least:
- $51.04 Hourly
- $8,846.80 Monthly
- $106,161.60 Annually
- TOTAL INTEREST PAID :$23,429
- Based on student loan debt of $61,500.00 to be repaid over 25 years at 6.8 percent interest, the student's estimated monthly payment is $426.85. To support repayment of the debt, the student should earn at least:
- $30.78 Hourly
- $5,335.68 Monthly
- $64,028.15 Annually
- TOTAL INTEREST PAID :$66,558.43
Student Debt and the Class of 2011
Two-thirds of college seniors graduated with loans in 2011, and they carried an average of $25,250 in debt. They also faced the highest unemployment rate for young college graduates in recent history at 9.1%.The Project on Student Debt has released a new report,
Student Debt and the Class of 2011, includes average debt levels for the 50 states and District of Columbia and for more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities.
Using the examples in the preceeding section, this is how adding undergraduate debt impacts total repayment.
- Based on student loan debt of $82,750.00 to be repaid over 10 years at 6.8 percent interest*,the student's estimated monthly payment is $952.29. To support repayment of the debt, the student should earn at least:
- $68.67 Hourly
- $11,903.62 Monthly
- $142,843.46 Annually
- TOTAL INTEREST PAID :$ 31,524.75
- Based on student loan debt of $82,750 to be repaid over 25 years at 6.8 percent interest*, the student's estimated monthly payment is $574.34. To support repayment of the debt, the student should earn at least:
- $41.42 Hourly
- $7,179.31 Monthly
- $86,151.70 Annually
- TOTAL INTEREST PAID : $89,555.68
* Undegraduate students who qualifed for a subsidized Stafford loan had a variable interest rate during the past four years
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Resources and Reminders
- Keep track of all your federal student loans by utilizing the National Student Loan Data System for Students
- Minimize your loan debt is by working on ways to minimize your living expense budget
- Check out iGrad's Simple Budgeting Worksheet (overview)
- We will be adding a series of interactive budgeting and planning worksheets to this page during the upcoming year
- Print out the PDF version of a worksheet with costs for the 2012-2103 year
Additional resources and information on loan repayment are featured under Graduation and Beyond.
Updated April 29, 2013