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How to Manage Student Loan Debt Without Making It Worse

When you’re struggling financially, keeping up with your student loan payments might feel like you’re stuck on a runaway train — and student loan forbearance, which allows you to pause these payments temporarily, might look like a soft landing. But watch out: Although forbearance is undeniably quick and easy to set up, its high costs Read more >

Parents Struggling to Repay College Loans, Report Finds

Parents are increasingly shouldering the student loan burden and risking their financial health to do it, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization. In its analysis of debt taken on through the federal parent PLUS loan program, Brookings found that: Balances owed by parents have more than tripled over the Read more >

How to Pay for College When You Haven’t Saved Enough

If college tuition bills are looming and you don’t have nearly enough saved, you have plenty of company. But you also have options for making it more affordable. Four out of 10 families who hope to send kids to college aren’t saving for that goal, according to student loan company Sallie Mae. Among those who Read more >

Are You Afraid of Your College Debt?

“Ask Brianna” is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. Student loans aren’t Read more >

Tips for Paying Off Student Loans

The idea of student loans can be daunting, especially with the costs of education at historic heights. If you are already in the process of paying your loans, your monthly payment can be a stressful task that doesn’t feel like it’s making a dent in your overall balance, and, even if you have not yet Read more >

Ready to Apply for College Aid? A New App’s on Tap

Students can now apply for federal financial aid the same way they share snaps and stories: through an app on their phones. The myStudentAid mobile app from the U.S. Department of Education lets students and parents fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The new app launched Oct. 1, the Read more >

Spend Money Guilt-Free — Even With Student Loans

“Ask Brianna” is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com.   Earlier this Read more >

Who is the NFCC?

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) is the nation's first and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving people's financial well-being.

NFCC members help millions of consumers like you through community-based offices located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Each NFCC member agency has earned our seal by adhering to high standards and ethical practices designed to help you achieve financial stability.

Funding for operations and services comes from an ever-changing combination of federal, state and local government grants, as well as donations from financial industry participants and private donors.

For more on the NFCC, visit www.NFCC.org

Thank you to our funders.

The Sharpen Your Financial Focus program is an initiative of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) in partnership with a broad cross-section of supporters. Together, we are committed to increasing the financial well-being of Americans. This initiative is partially funded by Bank of America, Chase, Synchrony Financial, Wells Fargo and other major financial institutions. We thank all funders and partners who make this program possible. For more information, visit www.SharpenToday.org.

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