As a result of legislation enacted by Congress, the student loan payment freeze is ending. Student loan interest will resume Sept 1, 2023. For most, payments will be due in October 2023. It is expected that nearly half of borrowers are unable to begin making payments again. Many people are simply not in a stable enough position to begin with these payments at this time. One in five borrowers are facing monthly payments over $500! Another survey stated one out of four will have to consider putting off buying a house or getting married in order to begin payment on their student loans again.
If you are entering repayment or beginning your student loan payments for the first time, there are 3 things you should do now.
- Make a budget – take a hard look at your monthly income and expenses.