After graduation, a new stage of life begins.  Ideally, a new career also starts, because student loan payments do not wait for long.  The standard grace period after graduation only grants graduates six months to get their finances in order before their first loan payment is due.

Unfortunately, not all graduates have an “ideal” experience in the business world, and the longer it takes to pay off a student loan, the more interest builds.  Students may graduate with a debt of $40,000, but accrued interest inflates the cost to $60,000, or more, by the time the loan is satisfied.

As mindful MBA and CPA graduates, managing financial issues should not be overly complicated.  It is, however, always helpful to grab a few tips from the professionals.  Check out this quick summary of a few financial management tips for paying off those scary student loans after graduation.

Be extremely thorough

It is absolutely critical that graduates (and student for that matter) pay attention to the fine print when they accept student loans.  By the time a person graduates, they should be well-versed in the many repayment options offered by the federal government and other loan agencies.

The most important aspect to understand is that there are options.  No matter a person’s financial situation post-graduation, lending agencies will work around those issues.  Do not make the mistake of thinking that there are no other options than to default if finances get rough.

Wrangle other stray debts

Student loan payments can be somewhat large, depending on the length of a person’s college career.  It helps to make sure all other debts are in check.  If credit card debts and other personal loans are piling up, then it might be a good idea to work with a debt consolidation planner.

Do not ignore the debt

The worst thing a person can do is to ignore their loan notifications.  Defaulting on a federal student loan is no simple matter.  The government will get their money somehow and defaulting places the power in their hands.

Federal student loans that remain in default for more than a year will grant the government the right to take every penny of a borrower’s tax return.  Ignoring student loan debt can really ruin a person’s financial standings.

Maintain communication with lenders

As we mentioned before, defaulting on federal student loans is a very serious situation.  Maintain consistent contact with lenders. Communication can go a long way towards maintaining a positive relationship with loan agencies.

When graduates fail to make contact with their lending agencies, the organization has no other choice than to assume that that person has no intention of repaying their debt.  It is not a good look, and ignoring lenders causes unnecessary financial strain.