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How Student Loans impact your credit score

Melanie Meths Abangan|Financial Topics|January 07, 2024
How Student Loans impact your credit score

Happy New Year! As we step into 2024, it's crucial to address the impact of student loan payments on your credit score. Join us as we explore the intricacies of building positive credit and delve into significant dates for student loan borrowers this year. This informative guide will discuss all things student loans, personal finance, and strategies for building wealth without letting student debt hinder your progress.

Section 1: Building Positive Credit Understanding the Composition of Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a crucial aspect of your financial health. Contrary to common myths, you don't need various types of debt to build positive credit. While a mix of credit contributes to a small percentage of your score, consistency and responsibility in handling specific types of debt are key.

Making On-Time Payments: One of the most significant contributors to a positive credit score is making on-time payments. You don't have to accumulate every type of loan; focus on being consistent with the ones you have. Setting up auto-pay for monthly obligations and choosing repayment dates that align with your financial calendar can make a substantial difference.

Debunking the Myth of Consumer Debt: Avoid building consumer debt solely for the sake of improving your credit score. As someone with an 820 credit score, I emphasize the importance of responsible financial decisions over accumulating unnecessary debt.

Section 2: Navigating Student Loan Payments The Importance of On-Time Payments

Paying your student loans on time is crucial for maintaining a healthy credit score. Missing payments or consistently being late can significantly impact your credit score, leading to hundreds of points being deducted. Delving into default not only incurs late fees but also adds substantial amounts to your principal balance.

Strategies for On-Time Payments: Setting up auto-pay for your student loans can not only ensure timely payments but also offer a 0.25% reduction in interest, particularly on standard plans. Whether you're on a standard or income-driven plan, making on-time payments is essential for a positive credit history.

For those looking to lower their student loan payments, LoanSense offers a free digital plan at Discover strategies to manage your debt effectively and make informed financial decisions.

Section 3: Important Dates in 2024 Income-Driven Payment Waiver Adjustment Program Extension:

Great news! The income-driven payment waiver adjustment program has been extended until the end of April. This extension provides borrowers with additional time to consolidate loans, especially those with different repayment lengths.

Biden's Higher Education Act Forgiveness Initiatives: In 2024, President Biden aims to fight for $10,000 to $20,000 in forgiveness under the Higher Education Act. Specific groups of borrowers, such as those who should have had their loans forgiven, are being considered. Learn more about eligibility and considerations in our linked video.


As we navigate the complexities of student loan payments and credit scores in 2024, remember that strategic financial decisions can pave the way for wealth-building and a prosperous future. Don't let student debt paralyze your financial goals—seek guidance, explore options, and make informed decisions. Visit for a free plan or schedule a $29 quick-session for personalized advice. Wishing you a financially thriving year ahead!

If you need personalized assistance or have questions about your specific situation, our experts at LoanSense are here to help. Visit our website at to learn more about our services and get in touch. You may also check out our YouTube Channel for more informative discussions and topics related to student loan debt.

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