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Extending The Term When You Refinance Student Loans

Refinancing your student loans means that a private lender is essentially buying your Federal student loans, paying them off, and creating a new loan with new, original terms.

The new terms of your refinanced loan will be based on your credit reports, credit score, and other requirements...
The only way I was able to do this was by extending the term of my loan from 10 years to 25 years. This lowered my monthly loan payments and gave me the flexibility I needed to make my career change (a change that came with a significant pay cut).

Example of extending your student loan term

Assume Amy has $45,000 in Federal student loan debt at 6 percent interest on a 10-year, standard repayment plan.

Amy decides to refinance her loans to private loans to get a lower interest rate...
The new private loan terms include, among other things, a new interest rate and, potentially, a new term (the length of time over which you have to repay your loan).

For example, you could take your Federal student loans that have a 10-year term and refinance them into one private loan scheduled to be paid off over 20 years.

If you have the option to extend the term of your student loan when you refinance, you should consider a number of factors before making your decision.

Pros of extending your student loan term

You’ll have lower monthly payments

By extending your loan term, you will be able to make lower monthly payments...
Amy decides to refinance her loans to private loans to get a lower interest rate, but this time she doesn’t extend the term.

Amy’s monthly payments are lower than they were originally, but they are still $218 more than they would be on the longer 25- year term...
While this may not seem like a big deal to you, it’s a point to consider if you’re thinking about your financial future.

Example of NOT extending your student loan term

Let’s look at Amy’s situation again: Amy has $45,000 in Federal student loan debt at a 6 percent interest rate on a 10-year, standard repayment plan...
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Where to Look for Savings Account Options

However, the best online savings account will still handily beat out the yield of a traditional bank over the long term.

24/7 Access: You can check your balance, update your contact info, make transfers, and order deposit slips at any time...
In addition to your traditional local bank, you may be surprised to find that you can open a savings account with one of these types of companies:

Why Choose An Online Savings Account?
Today, almost every financial institution with personal banking products has an online presence...
These accounts can provide some relief, especially to seniors who have retirement incomes that may have been decimated by low interest rates.

The best savings accounts are mostly found online where costs are much cheaper than traditional brick-and-mortar banks.

Where to Look for Savings Account Options
Deregulation has enabled many different types of finance companies to compete for savings deposits...
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Here are some questions about the HARP refinance program

(In November, 9 percent of HARP loans had a loan-to-value ratio greater than 125 percent; and for the full year through November, more than a quarter had L.T.V.s greater than 105 percent, the government said.)

Who qualifies? In addition to a good repayment history — no late payments in the previous six months, and no more than one in the last year — the borrower must have taken out the loan before June 1, 2009, and it must be owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, the two government-sponsored mortgage finance companies...


To start, you should contact the company that services your loan and ask if it participates in HARP...


One problem is that some borrowers are skeptical or fear that an offer of a lower mortgage rate is a scam, even when their own lenders initiate contact, said Guy Cecala, publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance, an industry publication...
(Typically, those who may benefit have a mortgage balance of at least $50,000, with 10 years or more left on the loan, and an interest rate above current market rates.) On average, the program saves borrowers about $200 a month, the housing finance agency says...


Nearly 3.3 million homeowners have refinanced their mortgages through the program as of November, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency...
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Who Gets to Keep the Bank Accounts?

I didn’t want to give up the main account, though.

Most of my finances are automated, and many of the automatic bills, from insurance premiums to my student loan payments, come out of the account that my soon-to-be-ex husband and I used to share...

Who Gets to Keep the Bank Accounts?

Every expert I’ve talked to about divorce and finances agrees that it’s best to separate finances as quickly as possible...
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Imprest Cash Funds

Employees must present a Petty Cash Form (which can be found at http://www.finance.umich.edu/finops/cashier/forms/pettyca shform) signed by a Higher Administrative Authority together with original receipts at one of the University cashiers offices listed below...
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Bookkeeping

Most individuals who balance their check-book each month are using such a system, and most personal finance software follows this approach...
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