Ninety-four percent of parents of college students are increasingly feeling the burden of student loan debt, according to a 2014 survey by Citizens Financial Group. More than half of those parents are worried that the cost of college will impact their ability to retire. Parents who cosign on their child’s student loan debt assume equal responsibility for repaying the loan. That means any late payments not only hurt the child’s credit, but the parents as well.
The problem is wide-reaching, but the middle class seems to have been hit the hardest. In many instances, the debt is held by private lenders because federal loans have been maxed out. Those taking out the loans oftentimes do not qualify for need-based aid since their parents make “too much” money.
Parents who are shouldering the burden of student loan debt are encouraged to look for ways to improve their cash flow by reducing monthly expenses like cable bills, refinancing mortgages to lower interest rates and shopping around for the best insurance coverage.
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