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An article featured in USA Today shows why letting daily expenses get in the way of retirement savings is a big (and common) problem. The issue: the later you start saving, the harder it will be to comfortably retire —or to retire at all.

The piece, which cites research conducted by Nitro, shows that over 40% of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers have not started saving retirement. 

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Struggling to make ends meet while paying off your federal student loans? You're not alone. But the good news is that help is available. 

The government offers four income-based repayment plans — which adjust your monthly student loan payments based on how much money you make. Among the options is Income-Based Repayment, or IBR, which lowers student loan bills when you’re struggling to pay them. If you're interested in this option, here's what you should know.

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The Standard Repayment Plan — the default repayment plan for federal loans — works for many graduates. But if your loan balance is high and your income is low, this plan may not be an affordable option for paying back your student loans. 

Thankfully, most federal loans are eligible for an income-driven repayment plan, which takes into account how much you make. Let's take a look at the specifics of a popular income-driven plan, the Pay-As-You-Earn Plan, to see if it's a good choice for you.

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For some college grads, the income they earn right after graduation makes it difficult to pay down the balance on their student loans.

If this is a challenge for you, the government’s Graduated Repayment Plan might help make things more manageable by lowering your monthly student loan payments

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Maybe you just lost your job, you decided to go back to school, or you got hit with an unexpected medical cost. In any case, your finances have changed—and you have to put your student loan on hold.

For federal loans, you have the option of putting your student loan in deferment while you get back on your feet. Here’s a look at how it works and how to apply.

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If you want to reduce the monthly bill for your federal student loans, you have a lot of options.

There are currently four income-driven repayment plans that let you recalibrate the amount you pay per month based on how much you earn. The idea is that you pay what you can afford, as a manageable percentage of your income.

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