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Should You Refinance Your Parent PLUS Loan?

Posted by Myke on Oct 4, 2017 5:08:10 PM

When prospective college students don’t qualify for enough federal funding, a supportive parent may step in to cover the financing gap. The Department of Education’s Direct PLUS Loan program allows parents to take out a federal student loan on their child’s behalf to cover any remaining education expenses.

While this is a popular solution to soaring education costs – more than 3 million parents are currently repaying PLUS loans – it also leaves parents with a major portion of their kids’ student loan debt. And, Parent PLUS loans come with a much higher interest rate than other federal student loans.

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