Managing Student Loans

Paying off student loans can sometimes become too much of an effort, especially if once you graduate and join the workforce, your job does not provide you a reasonable income. You may find yourself struggling to make ends meet every single month and paying off your student loans may imply huge sacrifices.

Even if you can afford the monthly payments, you will still be attached to your student loan debt for years, being unable to undertake projects like starting your own business or buying a house due to the fact that no large amount loan will be available until you finish paying off your student loans.

Getting a Waiver

Would not it be great if you could obtain a waiver on your student loan debt? You could find yourself not having to pay those monthly installments anymore and you would be free to use the extra money for any purpose you may have in mind. If you are wondering if this is possible, read on because the answer is yes.

What you need to know is that with the exception of certain situations, student loan debt cannot be totally eliminated without having to pay. Bankruptcy does not discharge student debt unless it causes severe hardship on the debtor and prevents him from satisfying basic needs, such as buying food, paying for medical bills, renting, etc.

However, you can get rid of part of your student loan debt if you meet certain requirements. What you need to understand is that we are talking about a reduction on the loans principals that will also imply a reduction on the amount of money you pay on interests. The importance of this fact is that a reduction on the interest rate or interests forgiveness can be easily accomplished by student loan consolidation but it will not save you so much money as a waiver on the capital of the loan would.

Government Debt Forgiveness

The government agencies that grant federal loans are instructed to forgive part of the student debt if the students or graduated students apply for certain job positions that the government has special interest in filling or that provide special social benefits. We will spell out a few so you can get an idea of how this system works but you should consult with the government agency that provided your loan as there may be more.

For those students who study medicine, or are already graduated, there are special waivers if they provide their services in poverty-stricken areas or areas affected by disasters (such as hurricanes or floods or famine). This is a great opportunity since medicine is known to be a very expensive career and it is likely for a student to have become greatly indebted.

It is also possible to get a waiver on your student debt by teaching at understaffed schools or schools situated in underprivileged zones. For those who like to teach this can be a rewarding experience in more than one way.

Another way of obtaining forgiveness on your student loan debt is to join the military forces or a department of social services. In both cases, there are programs available that will reduce your debt progressively as you continue being employed by the government.

Summing up

If your vocation is connected in any way with one of these jobs you might want to consider these great opportunities as you will be able to pay off your debt sooner by doing what you love to do. If you would do it just to get a waiver, you need to make sure you would not get your debt cancelled sooner by getting a better paid job in the private sector.