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    CliffsNotes, Graduation Debt, and the Color of Money

    Posted on 9 June 2014 by cliffsadmin

    The Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary has picked Reyna Gobel’s CliffsNotes: Graduation Debt: How to Manage Student Loans and Live Your Life as the Color of Money pick for the month of June – for the second time!

    Read more from Singletary here and be sure to join in on July 3 for a live online discussion about graduation debt with Singletary and Gobel! Send your comments about your student loan situation to colorofmoney@washpost.com

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    What current college students should know to reduce student loan debt.

    Posted on 24 March 2014 by Reyna Gobel M.B.A.

    I’m often asked whether current students, especially first-year students should read CliffsNotes Graduation Debt. The answer is always yes. The book begins with a story of how I borrowed and didn’t worry about the money piling up until after graduation. Many of my friends never worried about student loan debt until it was time to repay them. Thus, every dollar of student loan refund checks, the amount leftover after tuition and fees, was always spent. I would have had thousands less in student loan debt if I had thought about money borrowed while I was still in college.

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    Should you use tax refund money to repay student loans?

    Posted on 17 March 2014 by Reyna Gobel M.B.A.

    Should you use tax refund money to repay student loans? The answer depends on what other kinds of debt you have as well as if your student loans are private or federal. Federal student loans have more options to postpone or reduce payments if you get into financial trouble than nearly any other type of loan. Thus, you want to pay off credit cards, mortgages, car loans, and private student loans first.

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    How to Find $200 in Your Budget for Your Student Loan Payment

    Posted on 10 March 2014 by Reyna Gobel M.B.A.

    A friend of mine saved $900 by comparing auto and home insurance rates. You may not be able to save quite this much, especially if you don’t drive. But you might have rental insurance. Compare rates of five companies on the insurance you do have. Choose companies that have low complaint ratios on your state’s department of insurance website. If you save just $25 per month, that’s a nice dent in your student loan payment.

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    Finding your Federal Student Loans

    Posted on 15 January 2014 by Reyna Gobel M.B.A.

      Whether you're graduating in May or graduated 10 years ago, you need to find all your federal student loans. Why? I defaulted on a student loan simply because I didn't know it existed. I had 16 loans from undergraduate school alone! I forgot to consolidate one and I accidentally ended up in default. This is why the whole first chapter of CliffsNotes Graduation Debt is dedicated to using the National Student Loan Data System to find all your federal student loans.

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