Know your loan servicers
You may have both federal and private student loans. For federal loans, visit the National Student Loan Data System to see who your servicers are. You can also request a free report from annualcreditreport.com that lists the student loans reported to consumer reporting agencies. (Most servicers report their loans to these agencies.)
Update your contact information
For Sallie Mae loans, you can update your info at SallieMae.com.
Enroll in auto debit and you may save money on your loan
Auto debit is the most convenient way to make your student loan payments. Your Current Amount Due is automatically deducted from your designated bank account. With most Sallie Mae student loans, enrolling may qualify you for a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction. You need to be current with your loan payments to enroll.
Making on-time payments may help your credit—and may save you money
Making on-time payments on your student loans can help you build and maintain a good credit rating—and save you the extra expense of late fees.
Pay a little extra when you can to lower your Total Loan Cost
This is a great way to save money—paying a little more than your required payments when you can may reduce your Total Loan Cost.
Call if you’re having trouble making payments
We’re committed to working together to get you back on track. Use forbearance only as a last resort; interest will continue to accrue on your private student loans during this period. Don’t wait. Call us at 800-472-5543 (800-4-SALLIE).
Read your billing statement carefully
It lists your monthly student loan payments and balances. Plus, it’s your source for important messages.
Make a monthly budget
It can help you figure out how your student loan payments will fit with your salary and living expenses.
Download a monthly budget worksheet (PDF)
How to lower your loan cost
Learn some tips for lowering your Total Loan Cost and paying your loan off in a shorter time.
Abby discusses how to pay off student loans faster