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Nate Howard is Community Curator at CommonBond, a social lending platform that connects student borrowers and alumni investors to lower the cost of education for students and improve financial returns for investors. CommonBond is also the first company to bring the “one-for-one” model to education.

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Should I Refinance My Federal Student Loans?

(6) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 4:24 PM

I often get this question when I talk to people about refinancing student loans. The answer is a thunderous "maybe." A lot has changed in the student loan landscape over the last 10 years (and even in the last year). Conventional wisdom used to hold that federal student loans are...

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Can I Take Advantage of the Student Loan Interest Tax Deduction?

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 2:30 PM

For those of us in the early part of our financial life-cycles, the little things can make a big difference. This is especially true for student loan borrowers like myself. Since it's tax season, I wanted to devote a little time to one of these little things: the Student Loan...

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How Student Loans Affect Your Credit Score

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 1:49 PM

One of the most common pieces of advice I hear about student loans and credit scores is "be careful about paying off your loans too early because it might lower your credit score." This always sounded a little odd. When I was considering whether to repay my student...

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How Aggressively Should I Pay Off My Student Loans?

(19) Comments | Posted March 17, 2013 | 5:01 PM

No, seriously. I'm asking. Anyone have ideas?

Let us say "hypothetically" you've just received your graduate degree. And that you now have around $65,000 in federal student loans, work for a start-up, and intend not to die young.

Should... "you"... go with income-based repayment, graduated repayment, or standard repayment? Should...

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