While applying for premium entry level jobs and paid internships will help start your professional career, they’re also necessary to pay back those pesky student loans. Whether you only owe a few hundred dollars or are in more significant debt, here are some tips to stay on top of your payments during the early days of postgrad life.
Pay attention to deadlines
Many student loans give you a grace period of three, six or even nine months after graduation when you don’t have to start making payments yet. This allows you to search for jobs without worrying about immediate financial obligations, but keep track of your deadlines so they don’t sneak up on you.
If you’re faced with a variety of loans that seem expensive and confusing, look into consolidating this debt into fewer, reduced amounts. This can give you a little more leeway to get on your feet at the start of your career while making the process easier and more convenient for your monthly payments.
Pay as much as you can
While it might seem desirable to save your money and pay off as little as your loans as possible, this can get you into trouble with rising interest rates. If you have the finances to do so, try to pay off the maximum amount so you can eliminate your debt quicker.