How Much Will You Be Able to "Pay Later"?
To estimate how much indebtedness you can probably manage when you graduate, consider your expected starting salary, earnings prospects and your lifestyle. Then, estimate your anticipated level of debt and monthly payments and see if the two are in the same range. If you cannot afford your projected payments, then try to borrow less. Try to be realistic when projecting your future earnings and the amount you will need to pay living expenses after graduation. Remember, starting a new job and setting up living arrangements will require extra resources and create a heavy initial demand on your new income. Try using the student budget worksheet. Use them to project your future income and debts.
Career and Salary Planning Resources
- Job Star Central
- United States Office of Personnel Management, Salary & Wages
- U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
- U.S. Department of Labor, for Salary Statistics
- College Grad
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