Category Archives: Preparing

Protect yourself from phish

This summer I’ve seen a couple kinds of fish — the ones at the lake nibbling my toes as I swim, and the phish that have arrived in my inbox and through my cell phone. Neither is fun, but the… Continue reading

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Be prepared!

Last week, our friends at the Guided By History blog recounted some of their stories about the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.  The 20th anniversary of this disaster just passed, on Saturday, October 17. I didn’t live in San Francisco in… Continue reading

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Just because you can delay student loan repayment doesn’t mean you should

Last week Barbara laid out a number of options for borrowers to extend or postpone student loan repayment — important information for new grads to have as they enter the real world. This is a topic that we get lots… Continue reading

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Postpone your student loan repayment

We already talked about ways you could possibly lower your monthly student loan obligations. But if you’re looking for a way to postpone your student loan payments, there may be an option for you as well. Under certain circumstances, borrowers… Continue reading

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Lower your monthly student loan obligations

Folks, we’ve made it through another graduation season. The gowns and mortar boards are packed away, and now many graduates are focused on their finances during the first months out of college. Student loan repayment is just down the road…. Continue reading

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The real cost of retail therapy

Have you ever been in your favorite store with a cool new pair of jeans, a new t-shirt, and a slew of other clothes in hand, ready to pay when the cashier says, “If you open a store credit card… Continue reading

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College choice costs

Each year my hometown newspaper does a special feature at graduation time. Now, keep in mind that I’m from a town of about 1,200 people.  The paper publishes all the high school graduates’ photos and includes their activities and honors,… Continue reading

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What to expect after college graduation

So, you’ve finally graduated! After four (or more!) years of hard work, you’re all done. You should be elated, and you are. But you might also feel a little down. And that’s totally normal. My stepdaughter just graduated from college… Continue reading

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Call us!

You might not have noticed, but at the end of April we added a toll-free phone number to the Student LoanDown blog: 1-877-412-5321. In the age of social networking and Twitter  — which, BTW, Wells Fargo is using  — why… Continue reading

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Should you stay or should you go?

When faced with the choice to go far away to school, or stick closer to home, which would you choose? My stepdaughter was recently faced with this question when she got into two different grad schools. One school was two… Continue reading

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