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3 Steps to Take After Graduating From College

An education is a great thing—but just because a student has graduated from college doesn’t mean they’ll make all the right decisions when it comes to personal finance. In fact, according to one survey, most recent college grads reported making a credit-damaging mistake within two years of getting their degree.   The post-graduation world of Read more >

Preparing for Large Purchases Before College Graduation

Saving Before Graduation While it’s difficult to focus on the future with a mountain of homework in front of you, there are easy ways to start saving before you graduate. Since a vast majority of college students share housing, many are able to drastically cut electric, utility, cable, and internet bills. Some Ways Student Can Read more >

Tax Implications of Student Loan Debt and Forgiveness

There are a few different ways that student loan debt affects your taxes, from possible deductions to what you may owe in the future.   You can deduct student loan interest from your income. If you paid interest on student loans last year, you can lower your taxable income by up to $2,500. Student loan Read more >

5 Strategies for Avoiding Student Loan Delinquency

No one plans to let their student loans fall into delinquency but with 44.2 million borrowers and an 11.2% delinquency rate, we know that millions of us do. There are some simple strategies you can take to put yourself in the best position to keep your student loans current and reach your ultimate goal of Read more >

To Have and to Hold, Even In Student Debt

Making a commitment to love and cherish someone until “death do you part” is intimidating enough, but with each person bringing their financial history into the marriage, it can add an extra level of complexity.   LOVE ME, LOVE MY DEBT. With roughly 44 million Americans owing $1.48 trillion in student debt, the chances of Read more >

Consolidating Student Loans– is it a Good Idea?

Graduation season is upon us, which means that a whole new batch of students will be entering the workforce. But with that anticipation comes the stress of having to repay your student loans. If you’re one of the millions of graduates dealing with student loan debt, you will want to know your options. So, are Read more >

How to Squeeze Your Budget to Pay Off Your Student Loans

When it comes to student debt, the longer it takes to repay your loans, the more expensive your education becomes. A negative about compounding interest… While repayment of your unsubsidized debt is deferred until you are out of school, the interest “meter” starts running as soon as each loan is disbursed. When you graduate, if Read more >

More Parent PLUS Loans may not be the PLUS you think.

Part of being a parent is wanting to protect your children from things that might harm them, including a heavy student debt burden. This is why many parents turn to the Federal Parent Direct PLUS loan program. These loans are available to the parents, who qualify, of dependent children who are attending college. They put 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, 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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