Beginning June 30, 2023, the 60-day countdown to the end of the federal student loan freeze began. While the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness proposal as of this writing, the three-year pause on payments that went into effect due to the Covid -19 pandemic is set to resume in September regardless. There can be no more extensions of the freeze of student loan payments. According to research by VantageScore, a credit data analytics company, up to 76% of federal student loan borrowers may miss the first required payment and that single missed payment can ding a borrower’s credit score by as much as 82 points, on average. This month we will look at how to prepare for making payments again (or for the first time if a borrower graduated during the forbearance period).
An internet search for “best rewards credit card” returns a seemingly endless number of listicles from every news and travel outlet touting different cards as the best. Like many things, however, the “best” is highly individualized. Some highly rated cards accrue bonus points when used in specific categories such as dining or gas, however the benefit to the cardholder will be minimal if he or she rarely spends money in those categories. Other cards offer excellent benefits but carry a hefty annual fee, which can be difficult to stomach for some.