Wednesday, 12 October 2011

How to Control Your Student Debt

The average cost for an undergraduate student to go away for university is $65,000.  If you're looking at completing a masters or a professional degree the expense is much higher. This is forcing students to graduate with thousands of dollars in debt. In fact in Canada the average student loan is $23,000. In places like British Columbia, where the cost of living is higher,  that number is closer to $30,000.  

I spoke to Certified Money Coach Karen Collacutt of Money Coaches Canada. Karen is known for her warmth and positivity, which create a comfortable space for talking about financial challenges. She provides direction and encouragement in a way that makes people feel good about what they are doing. She has helped many new graduates get out of debt fast. Here are some of her best tips.  
  • Learn to live on less, save part of your student loan to apply to your debt once you graduate. 
  • Find unique ways to save money. Offer to be the DD one night a week for the same cost of a taxi. 
  • Make sure all your debt is a student loan not personal,  because student debt interest is tax deductible. 
  • Parents, get university-bound students to practice grocery shopping and buying household goods. 
  • Learn how to make high volume and high calorie meals on a budget.  
  • Learn how make a financial plan. Make a realistic budget for the school year. 
  • Sharpen your skills of negotiation. Ensure you're getting the highest salary possible when you graduate. 
  • Continue to live like a student while you pay your debt off. 
  • After graduating devise a realistic plan to pay off your debt and stick to it!
Watch my entire interview with Karen Collacutt from Money Coaches Canada below.

You can contact Karen here.

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