Yes. There are many programs available that could help you lower your payment, depending on which ones you qualify for. When federally backed or issued student loans become due after graduation (or after you leave school), they are put into a ten year, fixed payment plan.
However, young people starting out in the world do not make much initially, and that fixed payment can seem insurmountable. This is especially true if the total debt is high.
Graduated Payment Plans
Graduated Payment Plan. This is a plan whereby you have a ten (10) year term for the loan, but the monthly payment starts out low, and then increases every two years. This allows you to pay it off in the same term, but with the payment increasing (hopefully) with your income.
Extended Graduated Plan. Sometimes the amount borrowed is so high that you need more time to pay it back. Therefore the Department of Education may extend the payment term to 25 years (30 years for loans prior to July 1, 2006) if the total loan debt is over $30,000. As with the graduated plan, the monthly plan starts out low, and then increases every two years.
There is one catch, though, but not a big one. The monthly payment must be in an amount that covers all accrued interest on the loan for that month, or $50, whichever is higher.
So What Do I Do?
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