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How to Wipe Out Your Student Loans and Be Debt Free Fast: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply Paperback – August 19, 2009
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Martha Maeda is a freelancer, ghostwriter, and author of more than 20 books including The Complete Guide to Green Building and Remodeling Your Home, Basic Guide to Investing in ETFs, How to Wipe Out Student Loans, How to Solar Power Your Home, How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Independent Record Label, and 101 Sunday School Activities on a Tiny Budget. She is passionate about helping people who might not otherwise become authors to self-publish their work and discover their writing potential. She currently lives with her family in Orlando, Florida.
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While the early chapters may be more useful to a financial aid office, from Chapter 6 on the author concentrates on the advice that a student or graduate needs. Which loan is best for you, and how are you going to pay it back? Comparisons of loan terms, methods of repayment, budgeting, making decisions about your career and the impact that will have on your ability to repay debt - all aspects of the financial management of debt are covered in a sensible way that goes straight to the point, right down to the costs and time involved in preparing meals at home versus eating out, and the potential health consequences of each.
Inevitably, there is a good deal of repetition in the book. But the subject matter is so complex that repetition is helpful rather than not, and the content is enlivened by tips for the "savvy student" and anecdotes and quotes from people who have experienced the trials of student loan repayment. An appendix provides some useful worksheets, and the websites referred to throughout lead to many tools to work out your situation and the ways to pay off debt. The book does suffer from a few editorial mistakes. But the value of the book outweighs these errors, and it should be read not only by students and graduates but by anyone who struggles with debt.
Maeda dedicates Section 2 to information all about strategies to help students pay back their loans. Chapter 9, "Setting Goals and Priorities" offers practical tips advice to motivate readers to take control of their finances, careers and future path. Maeda is able to accomplish this in a non-preachy way. Her inclusion of "Savvy Student Tips" sprinkled within the copy will no doubt be appreciated by readers of all ages. This book is an incredible resource.