Posts by Jon O'Donnell

Jon is a writer and marketer for Nitro who is passionate about bringing transparency to the student loan process along with providing families with the information needed to make smart financial decisions. He also just recently refinanced his student loans allowing him to pay them off 5 years faster all while saving an additional $152/month. As he continues to pay them off himself, he strives to help others do the same. Jon also has a long history of connecting people with educational opportunities to help them improve their careers and their overall personal finances. In his free time you can find him reading travel blogs and researching destinations around the world in search of his next adventure.
Jon O'Donnell

Working hard is good – but sometimes working smart is better. This saying applies to many situations, including eliminating your student loans. If you want to pay off your loans faster, you need to be strategic. It’s difficult to put a dent in your debt by just making minimum payments on high-interest loans. We’ve put together 10 tips to help you lower your interest rate, find extra cash, and make progress on reducing your balances quicker.

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Are you eager to conquer your student loan debt, but wondering if you qualify for refinancing? Here at Comet, we’ve helped people save more than $200 million on their student loans. Refinancing requirements can vary by lender, but we’ve put together a list of the most common things lenders look for.

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You might have heard that you can’t consolidate private student loans. That’s one of many unfortunate misconceptions that keep people from getting a better deal on their monthly payments and interest rates. While private student loans can’t be consolidated through the federal government, there are several highly rated private lenders that can help you refinance them into a single monthly bill. And because private companies can be more selective about who they lend to, they often have significantly lower interest rates than the government offers.

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Imagine having thousands of dollars in extra money to put toward a new car, new home or dream vacation. If you have federal student loans, refinancing could make this possible, but you should be aware of its potential downsides, too. Because refinancing is available only through private lenders, it’s important to know both the benefits and the risks of leaving a federal student loan program.

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Building credit can seem like the ultimate Catch-22: You need a good score to borrow money, but you need to borrow money to get a good score. This system leaves millions of Americans confused about where to start, unsure of what they can do to break this cycle of credit exclusion.

According to the latest Consumer Financial Protection Bureau numbers, 26 million adults are credit invisible, meaning credit reporting agencies have no data available for potential lenders.

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Your credit score can shape the future of your finances, even more so than your age or income. No single factor matters more to potential lenders, and those with poor scores can wind up shelling out hundreds more in interest payments over time. But despite the crucial nature of this three-digit number, many Americans are unsure of their score and how to obtain it.

Considering the complexity of credit reporting today, we can’t say we blame those confused about credit scores.

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