Ask Bill your personal finance question

Sallie Mae Loan Balance

I have a Sallie Mae loan balance that never seems to go down! What can I do about the amount I pay?

I have a Sallie Mae loan I am behind on by two months. Now it is paid up. The total never seems to go down. What can i do about the interest rate and the amount I am paying?

Read full question
Bill's Answer
4.5
/5.0
(7 Votes)

Bills.com | Find Learn Save
Highlights

  • Learn the specific interest rate, balance, and terms of your Sallie Mae loan.
  • See how increasing your monthly payments will affect the your interest expense.
  • Learn more about student loan consolidation at Bills.com.

Before you take any action in regard to this loan, you should learn the specific interest rate, balance, and loan terms, to put numbers to your observation that your monthly payments are not effectively reducing the balance of the debt.

For almost all student loans, including Sallie Mae loans, you can do a one-time consolidation and significantly lower the monthly payment. See the Bills.com resource Everything You Need to Know About Student Loans to learn more about consolidation. See the Bills.com student loan consolidation savings center to see if your loan qualifies for consolidation.

You should also calculate how long it will take you to repay the loan and how much it will cost you. Go to the Sallie Mae loan consolidation calculator. Plug in the remaining balance on your student loan, the interest rate, and the monthly payment amount. Check the "show amortization schedule" box, hit calculate, and the calculator will show you the cumulative interest you will pay on the loan. You can then play around with different monthly payment amounts to see how much paying extra each month will reduce the interest paid on the loan. For example, on a $10,000 loan at 8%, if you pay $300 per month, it will take 38 months to repay the loan at a cost of $1,350 in interest. However, if you double your payment to $600, it would only take 18 months to pay off the loan and the interest would only be $645.

By analyzing different payment amounts, you can see how increasing your monthly payments will affect the amount of interest you will pay on the loan. For more information about student loans, I encourage you to visit the Bills.com Student Loan Information page.

If you find that the terms of your current loan are untenable, you may want to consider consolidating your loan with another lender. You can find out more about student loan consolidation by visiting Student Loan Advice. To learn more about negotiating with Sallie Mae, see the Bills.com resources Sallie Mae Co-Signer Liability, Sallie Mae Loan Repayment Impasse and Sallie Mae Loan Settlement. To learn more about student loans in general, read the Bills.com resource Student Loan Payment.

If you are able to find a lender willing to offer you more favorable loan terms, you may be able to significantly reduce the time and cost required to repay this loan. As mentioned above, it is almost always in your best interest to pay more than the minimum payment, as it can significantly reduce the cost of the loan. Best of luck with resolving this debt.

I hope this information helps you Find. Learn & Save.

Best,

Bill

Bills.com

People also like to Read

MC

Debt Relief | A debt relief loan can actually reduce your debt. Discover your loan options and where you can find a loan......

BC

Unsecured Personal Loans | Unsecured personal loans are offered by big lenders and many sites online. If you have bad credit,...

DC

DTI: debt-to-income ratio | Your debt-to-income ratio affects whether you will be approved for a loan or not. Make sure that ...

6 Comments

Recent Best
1500 characters remaining
  • BA
    Apr, 2010
    Bill
    A person in financial distress caused by student loans has several options. If the student loan is federal, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center by calling (800) 433-3243, or visit the Dept. of Education Student Aid Web site. It may be possible to consolidate or negotiate a private student loan. See the Bills.com articles How Do I Consolidate My Student Loans? and Student Loan Bankruptcy to learn about these options.
    0 Votes

  • JB
    Apr, 2010
    joe
    My girlfriend has a balance of $80,000 on her Sally Mae loan, and paying an amount acceptable to SM, but not enough to cover the annual interest. I can't believe they lent her that money, and she did not graduate. Is there any help for her?
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Apr, 2008
    Parker
    Sure - you can get a loan for your first home. In fact, FHA has many first time homebuyer loan programs to help people with a smaller down payment still buy a home. I'd recommend that you check out the FHA Loan Center: http://www.bills.com/fha-loans/ Or apply for a new loan: https://www.bills.com/homeloan/mortgage_refinance
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Apr, 2008
    lindakedigh
    I was wanting to know if it is possible to get a loan to buy your first home or if you can only get second mortgage loans.
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Oct, 2007
    Nithin
    Unless the federal rules allow for a write ofF of the debt, then the estate (if there is one) would be held liable for repayment of the debt. Private loans work in a different manner, you should contact the lender to confirm as to what would happen in the scenario that you stated.
    0 Votes

    • DR
      Mar, 2014
      Dee
      If you can find a lawyer, I would love to hire them too.
      0 Votes