Lakeland is proud to offer students online tools and resources to help them better understand their personal finances. Managing money and staying on top of student loan debt will leave students more prepared to take on life after college. The tools below offer information on budgeting, credit, student loans, jobs after college, investing, retirement planning, and much more.
Try using these tools for finding more information about financial aid and tuition payment planning.
GradReady is a free online web resource that all students can sign up for. GradReady helps students develop financial wellness by teaching them methods to pay for college, improve financial behavior, develop the confidence to manage money successfully and more! Import actual student loan data to begin managing debt while in school with loan repayment tools.
Student Loan Repayment
Exit Counseling provides important information regarding student loans and repayment. It must be completed each time a student drops below half-time status (6 credits), leaves school or graduates.
Things to know:
Complete Exit Counseling here.
Student loan repayment can seem overwhelming but it is important to understand the details of loan repayment to save both time and money. Remember, student loans are just like any other loans; they must be repaid. The resources below will help guide students through when repayment starts, how to make a payment, repayment plan options and what to do if they have trouble making payments.
There are many different federal loan repayment plans. Review all your options and choose the one that makes the most financial sense for you. Use the Repayment Estimator to see how your payments will look under the different options.
Details about the different repayment plans.
You can change your repayment plan at any time. Contact your loan servicer if you have any questions. They are there to work with you and help you determine the best repayment plan for you.
*If you borrowed Private Student Loans, please note that they are not federal loans, will not appear on NSLDS, and will not be repaid to your federal loan servicer. You must contact your private loan lender for repayment information.
If you begin to have troubles making your loan payments, contact your servicer right away. They will help you find an option that will keep you out of credit trouble. For example, they may suggest you change your repayment plan to one that is based on your income. Other temporary relief options in times of financial hardship include deferment or forbearance or loan consolidation.
A loan is considered delinquent the first day after a payment is missed. You will remain delinquent on your student loans until all missed payments are made to bring your loans current. Loan servicers report all delinquencies of at least 90 days to the three major credit bureaus which can negatively impact your credit.
Your loan will go into default status if a payment has not been made in 270 days. The consequences of default are severe: