Cost of Continuing Education
Debt, Learning, and Future Earning
How to handle the cost of continuing your education
Some people decide to get another college degree later in life. That typically means taking on student debt, and dealing with that debt after 40 takes planning.
According to the CFPB, the number of Americans over 60 carrying outstanding student loans has quadrupled in the last decade. How can you plan to avoid joining their ranks?
Try saving more than you will borrow. Start putting aside money for your education 2–3 years in advance. Or hold off enrolling for two to three years until you have more money saved.
Choose federal loans over private loans. Interest rates on federal loans are ﬁxed, and their repayment terms offer some ﬂexibility. Deferments or forbearances may even be granted in cases of hardship. If you do take out a private loan, a strong credit score could help you reﬁnance it in the future. Ideally, reﬁnancing does not leave the loan with a variable interest rate.
Stick to public colleges and universities. If considering a private school, ask yourself whether the prestige is worth the cost. You could potentially assume more debt than you would by attending a public institution.