Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Students Expect 10+ Years of Student Loan Debt #1 entry level job site--today released its second annual survey results on how long college students anticipate it will take them to pay off their student loans. Fifty-one percent of student loan recipients say it will take them more than 10 years to pay off their student loans. Although last years numbers were similar, the 51 percent represents a five percent increase from three years ago.

Considering the increase in interest rates for federal student loans, combined with the ever-increasing sticker price of a college education and a faltering economy, it's not surprising that students are faced with larger student loan bills upon graduation, and a lengthier payback period.

"The financial pressures being placed on college graduates are growing each year," Spokesperson, Adeola Ogunwole said. "Being weighed down with debt after college makes quickly finding a post-graduation job a priority for most students."

With only a six-month grace period before having to begin payments on their loans, it is critical for graduates to quickly begin earning a steady income. Graduates are faced early-on with some of the tough financial realities of the real world. Ogunwole points out, "finding a job that produces a steady income is very important in establishing the credit needed when applying for home and, or car loans."