Coming to the close of 2017, Americans are more burdened by student loan debt than ever. Student Loan Hero reports a total of $1.48 trillion in total US student load debt, a sum that is over $600 billion more than the total US credit card debt. Over 44 million Americans in their 20s and 30s are carrying these debts and find themselves responsible for payments which average $200 – $300 per month.
With these statistics looming larger than ever before, it’s not surprising that the delinquency rates on student loans are also much higher. Analysis of the state of student debt by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. show that delinquency rates on student loans are actually higher than those on auto loans or mortgages. Underwriting standards for student loans are generally less stringent and can contribute to this delinquency further down the line.
Attendees of private, four-year, and graduate programs all graduated with debts, the majority of them walking away with their degree and a balance of $25,000 or more still due*. It’s not difficult for any American in their 20s or 30s to identify at least one sibling, friend, or colleague still battling to pay off their student debt. Facebook posts about this particular milestone. Even though it has become so normal for today’s young adults to have student loan debt it does not have to be the case for everyone.
Supplemental options are available. And Indexed Universal Life (IUL) policy can be a resource for families and students with college ambitions. IUL policy owners have the option to access the policy’s cash value through tax free loans or withdrawals**. Instead of taking on a massive student loan that may follow a child around well after their graduation day, an IUL withdrawal could be used towards a tuition payment, housing costs, or even books. Even students with funds from 529 plans and grant recipients can require supplemental funding for rising tuition costs.
By allocating resources to a tool like an IUL policy, families can help future students save for college in an effective way. For more information on college saving options and the IUL contact IFN today! 800.921.3100
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*Student Loan Debt Statistics, Student Loan Hero