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Here’s how long it takes the average American to pay off student loans

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The average student borrower takes 20 years to pay off their student loan debt, according to a recent report. In the U.S. there is nearly $1.75 …

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What rising interest rates mean for student borrowers

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With retail interest rates set for another bump following the Federal Reserve’s expected half-point hike this week, student loans are coming into even sharper focus. The …

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Good news: Americans are actually happier now than pre-Covid. Here’s why

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Call it the silver lining to the second year of the pandemic: The lockdown has led to a deeper sense of fulfillment. That’s the surprising finding …

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Does refinancing hurt your credit score?

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Most people want to refinance their student loan to help their financial situation. So, the possibility of hurting your credit by going through the process of …

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Should you refinance your student loans before buying a house?

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Refinancing your student loans before you apply for a mortgage could put you in a better financial position — but only if the timing is right …

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Can you refinance your car loan with bad credit?

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Your car loan’s interest rate might be higher than you’d like, particularly at a time when inflation eats away at your paycheck. But if you had a …

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Should you say ‘I do’ to a divorce loan?

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When you’re in the middle of a divorce, stress could be coming at you from every direction. One source of major anxiety is money. That’s why …

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What’s the difference between a co-op and a condo?

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It’s easy to get confused about the difference between co-ops and condos. If you pulled up pictures of each during a home search, they might seem …

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To buy or rent? Why inflation may impact your decision

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  The news that U.S. inflation has hit 7% not only makes people recoil at the sticker shock at the gas pump and in the grocery store aisles, …

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How to pay off student loans

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  Editor’s note: Lantern by SoFi seeks to provide content that is objective, independent and accurate. Writers are separate from our business operation and do not receive …

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5 steps to switching your car insurance

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  To some, it may sound like as much fun as the dentist, but switching car insurance companies can make a great deal of sense. Besides, …

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How much does auto insurance go up after an accident?

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  Those moments right after a car accident deliver some of the worst stress imaginable. You’re figuring out if anyone is hurt and how bad your …

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Everything you need to know about car insurance

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  Most people know that after an accident, they’ll likely need to use the car insurance they’ve been diligently paying for. Car insurance can protect you …

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Will my federal student loan monthly payment change in 2022?

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The federal student loan payment pause ends on Jan. 31, 2022. The question on many minds is: Will monthly payments be exactly what they were before …

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Top budgeting tips for single parents

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If you’re a single parent, you probably carry a lot of weight on your shoulders. From paying for clothes to putting a roof over your children’s …

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What’s the deal with buy now, pay later programs?

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  The option of making a big purchase today and spreading out your payments over subsequent weeks or months, often interest-free, is proving more appealing to …

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When is my first federal student loan payment due in 2022?

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When it comes to student loans, there are warring headlines and plenty of debates, but one thing seems clear: The pause in federal student loan payments …