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Keyword: student loans

Let’s talk about money!

A list of the best financial tips for college students. (Read more)

Is an income-sharing agreement right for me?

We all know that a college education can be a very expensive proposition. More than two-thirds of college students in the U.S. graduate with some type of debt, and the current average amount that is owed by graduates with debt is close to $40,000. Some people have suggested an alternative to student loans that has gained notice in recent months because Purdue University has become a supporter. That alternative is the use of income-sharing agreements, also known as human capital contracts. Under an incoming-sharing agreement, an organization will provide funds to a student for college expenses in return for an agreed-upon percentage of their eventual income for a set number of years. Although the formulas that create the arrangement can be complicated and will vary significantly, some students have found this to be a valuable resource. (Read more)

Repaying your student loan

If you have a student loan, you have entered the world of finance in a way that can affect your entire future. A student loan is typically a fairly significant debt, and failure to manage your money and repay your loan obligation can follow you throughout your life. What you need to do is make sure that you understand all your options. (Read more)
Susan M. Katz
Student Career Placement Consultant

Susan M. Katz, PhD, is 1stGig’s Student Career Placement Consultant and the author of Start Your Career: 5 Steps to Finding the Right Job after College.  She is also Associate Professor of English and Internship Coordinator at North Carolina State University, where she developed internship courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Her courses help students prepare for the job search process, identify their strengths, and consider a variety of potential career paths. Her first book, The Dynamics of Writing Review: Opportunities for Growth and Change in the Workplace, describes some of the processes that newcomers must go through as they enter the workplace and adapt to organizational conventions.