Several years ago, I posted an update showing what the screen looked like after I paid off my undergraduate and graduate student loans. It was great to finally see the “current balance” on those loans paid down to zero. As my Mother mentioned the other day, it gives you a real feeling of accomplishment having paid off a major student loan. And now, more than 7 years later, I am posting another screenshot of a zero balance, but this time for my doctoral student loans. Check it out:
There you go, folks. That is what it looks like to no longer owe anything in student loans. Not only does it look pretty good, but it feels pretty good, too. Also, here is another screenshot from another part of the student loan website showing the zero balance. Check it out:
As I mentioned the other day, I plan on writing more about student loans from time to time, but I just do not have much more to write about my own repayment journey because it is now, completely, over.
I repaid $244,826.91 in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral student loans. The debt was comprised of $193,430.16 in loan principal, $14,313.42 in capitalized interest, $2,146.59 in closing and refinancing fees, and $34,936.74 in interest. My lenders included the United States Department of Education’s (USED) Perkins loan program, their subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loan programs, the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority’s NJCLASS program, CitiBank, and SoFi. You can read my entire student loan repayment story on JerseySmarts.com.