Don’t Let Student Loans Derail Your Financial Goals
March 17, 2017 | by Katie Claflin
Categories: First Time Buyer, Home Buyer Education, Homeownership
Tags: home buyer, student loans, institute for college access and success, home buyer education, texas financial toolbox, washington post, housing wire, millennials
Research conducted by the Institute for College Access and Success found that 56% of Texas college students graduate with student loan debt. Their average loan amount? $27,324.
High student loan balances are forcing many graduates to delay their personal ambitions, particularly when it comes to homeownership. According to a Student Loan Hero survey, student loan debt has forced 41% of graduates to postpone buying a home.
If you’re one of the millions of college graduates burdened by student loans, we have good news for you. Recognizing that student loans are hurting otherwise qualified borrowers, lenders are starting to offer new mortgage products that can also help you pay off your student loans.
- In February 2017 BurkeyLoan announced a mortgage product that allows the home buyer to borrow up to 120% of the home’s value. The buyer then uses a portion of the loan proceeds to pay off or reduce their student loan debt.
- In November 2016 Social Finance (SoFi) and Fannie Mae announced a new mortgage product that allows homeowners to refinance their mortgage and use their home equity to pay their student loan debt. This product is cheaper than a traditional cash-out refinance and gives borrowers a lower interest rate than they were paying on their student loans.
At least one state is also helping buyers tackle student loan debt. In November 2016 the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced the Maryland SmartBuy program. The program provides participating home buyers with a forgiveable loan up to 15% of their home’s purchase price to pay off their student loans.
To qualify, home buyers must contribute 5% of the purchase price as a down payment and have at least $1,000 in student loan debt. Participants must also purchase a home owned by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and live in the home for at least five years.
Even if you don’t qualify for any of the programs listed above, you may still be able to purchase a home with student loan debt. Click here for a list of home-buying tips geared specifically toward college graduates with student loan debt. We also encourage you to contact a housing and financial counselor, who can help you create a plan to pay off your loans, improve your credit and save for your down payment.
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