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    Please read carefully while considering to refinance your federal student loans:

    The federal government announced that interest will not accrue and payments will not be due for a period of 6 months on federal student loans. We recommend that all customers with federal student loan debt carefully consider their options before refinancing with a private student loan. This interest free period is beneficial to customers and we advise you to consider these benefits during the six month period and over the life of the loan prior to refinancing. When you refinance, you waive any current and potential future benefits of your federal loans and replace those with the benefits of the Education Refinance Loan.

    Depending on your rate and amount borrowed, refinancing may still be a good lifetime savings option for you. We are here to help you think through what might be your best option. Please call us at 1-800-708-6684.

    Please carefully review your current and potential future benefits on your federal loans before refinancing.


    Should You Use Your Tax Refund on Your Student Loans?

    Key Takeaways

    • The average tax refund in 2019 was $2,860.
    • Putting your refund toward your student loans will save you money in interest while speeding up the repayment timeline.
    • You can apply the refund to your highest-interest loan, the loan with the lowest balance, or spread it across multiple loans.

    Rejoice — it’s tax refund season! Time for your mind to wander as you contemplate the endless possibilities for your new chunk of change.

    The average tax refund in 2019 was $2,860; that type of windfall can be used in a number of ways. But before you book a glamorous vacation, consider this: What if you used your tax refund to pay down your student loans? What kind of impact could that make?

    The simple answer? A big impact!

    How to get started

    Tax refunds are an excellent opportunity to put a sizeable dent in your student debt. It will help you save money (in interest) over the life of the loan, and can help you pay off your loan faster.

    Convinced? Great — let’s start by looking at all of your student loans. Do you have multiple loans or one consolidated loan? The answer will impact how you use your refund.

    If you have one consolidated loan, your course of action is simple: Apply your tax refund as a one-time payment that’s applied directly to the principal, not as an advanced payment for the following month. Make sure to specify this with your lender.

    The process gets slightly more complicated if you have more than one loan. Then you’ll have three options:

    1. Apply the entire refund to your highest-interest loan so you can save the most money on interest.
    2. Apply the entire refund to your loan with the lowest balance. That way, you’re closer to crossing one loan off your list entirely, providing a sense of accomplishment and narrowing your focus on your other loan(s).
    3. Divide and conquer by spreading your refund across all of your loans.

    How much money will you save?

    That answer varies from case to case, but consider this example:

    Melissa recently refinanced her $20,000 of student loan debt to a loan with a 3.0% interest rate. Her monthly payments of about $359 have her on pace to pay off the balance entirely in five years (60 months).

    To speed up the repayment process, Melissa decides to put her $2,500 tax refund toward the principal of her student loans. Using a student loan calculator, she determines she’ll save roughly $372 in interest over the life of her loan — and pay off the loan seven months ahead of schedule. 

    What a huge win for Melissa!

    What to remember

    Tax refunds are a considerable windfall for a lot of people, and deciding the best way to use those funds can be difficult and tempting. But dedicating your refund to paying down your student debt could save you some serious interest over the life of the loan(s), while also speeding up the clock on your repayment timetable. Just think: You’ll be that much closer to enjoying a student-loan-free lifestyle — and free to pursue other goals!

    Ready to pay down your student loans?

    A Citizens Bank Education Refinance Loan could lower your interest rate or monthly payment, or change the length of your repayment. To learn more about how refinancing your student loans could help you reach your saving goals, check out our refinance calculator, call 1-877-405-2262 to speak with one of our Student Lending Specialists, or visit your nearest Citizens Bank branch.

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