April 7, 2004 - Young Money: Why not let Peace Corps pay off your student loans?

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By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-178-137.balt.east.verizon.net - 151.196.178.137) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 8:11 pm: Edit Post

Why not let Peace Corps pay off your student loans?

Why not let Peace Corps pay off your student loans?

Why not let Peace Corps pay off your student loans?

It's Payback Time...
Why not let someone else pay off your student loans?

By Jose Vazquez,YOUNG MONEY Financial Aid Columnist

After four plus years of college (emphasis on the plus for some of us), and what may be thousands of dollars in loans, you're getting ready to walk away from campus and venture into the real world with that new degree. Problem is, you have a new worry: how are you going to pay it all back?

Luckily, you have options that can help reduce your debt or clear it completely off your personal balance sheet, leaving you free to spend your money on more important things. (Like that new 60-inch flat screen plasma TV you've been dying to play your X-Box on!)

Uncle Sam can help.
You can always count on the military to provide some of the best educational benefits around. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and even the Coast Guard, have some form of loan payback program for enlisting after college.

The U.S. Army's program pays back up to $65,000 dollars worth of loans over three years! Generally, most programs pay back your loans over your time of enlistment.

Think about it. Not only do you get paid for your military specialty, you also come out with your debts cleared, and even more career enhancing options become available. For instance, if you take part in the GI Bill there are other military educational programs available to help you pay for continued higher education, such as that graduate degree you were considering.

U.S. Peace Corps.
If the possibility of going to war doesn't excite you, how about the opportunity to help struggling nations thrive? The U.S. Peace Corps focuses on development of small and larger nations in farming, economics, and education.

If you have Perkins Loans (loans guaranteed by your school rather than a bank or the federal government), you can receive 15 percent cancellation of your loan amount per year of service. After two years of service, 30 percent of your loans would be canceled. If you have a $10,000 Perkins loan debt, $3,000 will be canceled when your tour of duty is over.

For other federally guaranteed loans, you will be eligible for a deferment of your loans for your length of service, which typically lasts two years. After your service, you are even eligible for advanced hiring status for federal jobs you may be interested for the first year. All around, the Peace Corps can be a good way of canceling some debt and padding your resume, as well putting yourself ahead of the government job curve.




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Story Source: Young Money

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By jennifer lemahieu (69.54.204.186) on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 11:34 pm: Edit Post

Should the peace corps sign a Perkins loan form for two years service, even though your service was cut short a week or two due to evacuation? If Peace Corps Volunteers want to get credit towards the loan, the forms MUST be signed by a Peace Corps representative or else it will not be processed. Is the COS date, and the date when you've filled out all your COS requirements, one in the same? IF they are or aren't, that may affect whether or not that 15% a year is cancelled. Just something to think about. Thanks. Volunteers work hard and give up much for their country. Does Peace Corps help? Government to government, only they have the power to decide. I hope they do help out the volunteers who need this. Do what is in the best interest of the volunteers and do what can be done.

By jennifer lemahieu (69.54.204.186) on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 11:36 pm: Edit Post

Should the peace corps representative sign a Perkins loan form for two years service, even though your service was cut short a week or two due to evacuation? If Peace Corps Volunteers want to get credit towards the loan, the forms MUST be signed by a Peace Corps representative or else it will not be processed. Is the COS date, and the date when you've filled out all your COS requirements, one in the same? IF they are or aren't, that may affect whether or not that 15% a year is cancelled. Just something to think about. Thanks. Volunteers work hard and give up much for their country. Does Peace Corps help? Government to government, only they have the power to decide. I hope they do help out the volunteers who need this. Do what is in the best interest of the volunteers and do what can be done.


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