Should I Repay my Stafford Loans Early? | 08.06.10
For many recent graduates, the grace period before they must begin repaying their Stafford Loans won’t come to a close until the fall, most likely in November. But for the lucky few who have already secured a job and an income, there might be a temptation to start repayment a few months early. So should they do it?
First, you must know that early repayment will immediately end your grace period. So if your grace period is scheduled to end in November and you decide to make a payment now, you won’t be able to wait around until November to make another one. You will have begun the monthly repayment process and must pay the minimum amount owed toward your loan every 30 days.
While you should take that into consideration, the loss of your grace period is really the only apparent downside to early repayment. There are no fees or penalties if you decide to repay early and doing so will only benefit you in the long run. The sooner you start repayment, the shorter the life of the loan and the less interest you will ultimately owe.
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