How to handle the credit crunch

Students who take out a mortgage or student loan can now get it paid off faster if they pay it off within 30 days of their first paycheck.

But if they miss that date and start paying it off before they receive their first pay check, the debt can still add up over time.

The Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department announced Wednesday that they will begin offering refinancing services to students in 2019 for up to a year.

But the services will only work for students who have taken out a federal or state student loan, and they only cover up to $3,000 in monthly payments, according to a statement from the Treasury.

The Treasury has also launched a portal that allows students to track their payments and find other financial aid options.

Students who are looking to refinance their loans in 2019 may still need to do so during the current academic year. For more:  https://bit.ly/2nX4KpQ The announcement comes as the number of student loan borrowers continues to climb as the cost of living rises and wages decline.

As of May 10, the average student loan debt in the United States was $24,000, according, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

That’s up from $22,000 two years ago, and up from about $19,000 as recently as September.

More: https://bit:ms/2o9Lh9w The Federal Reserve is the only federal agency that can issue consumer debt, so it’s the main agency that lends money to student loans.

But that’s not the only lender to take advantage of the refinancing programs announced Wednesday. 

The Treasury Department also announced that it would begin offering private student loan refinancing and other types of credit assistance.

Students could choose from a variety of lenders that offer a variety, from financial aid to loan consolidation and debt consolidation. 

More: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/2015/12/20151212-01-01_White-House-Finance-Policy-Annual-Report-Final.pdf The Treasury and Federal Reserve are the only two federal agencies that issue credit.

The other agencies can issue loans and grants for a wide range of purposes, including helping people pay their mortgages.