Student loans: how does interest on a student loan work?
IUnderstanding how much interest will add to your overall payment is crucial, because you’re not just paying back the money you borrowed; you are also pay interest.
Your interest rate, the amount you borrow, the term of the loan, and whether or not your loan is subsidized all affect how much interest you pay.
For example, suppose you graduate $10,000 loan with an interest rate of 5%and a repayment schedule over 10 years. Over the 10-year repayment period of the loan, you will pay $2,728 in interest.
In addition to interest payments, your monthly loan payment will also contain payments to reduce the principal balance (the amount borrowed). Principal and interest will be paid in full, for a total of $12,728.
Generally, interest continues to accrue during forfeitures and other times when payment is not made. Therefore, the total cost of the loan will be increase if you stop paying your loan or miss a payment, and not just because of late fees.
Loan debt is reduced by loan installments in a specific order. The money is first used to cover late fees and collection costs. Second, interest that has accrued since the previous payment is covered by the payment. Any residual funds are then added to the primary balance. Therefore, you will reduce your debt faster if you pay more each month.
You can determine the exact amount of interest you will pay using a loan calculator. You can google one of these and it will do the trick.
How to pay less interest?
Making extra payments to pay it off faster or refinancing your student loan into a loan with a lower interest rate are two ways to reduce the amount of interest you pay.
But when federal student loans are converted to private loans, many benefits are lost, including broad deferment choices, income-driven repayment plans, the possibility of loan forgiveness or universal forgiveness.