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Check my loan math? Interest only vs full deferment.

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Hi All,

I feel like I'll be much more qualified to figure all this out post MBA :), so I'd love for someone to take a look. Hopefully it will help others as well. This math may be completely wrong, I'm an engineer not a financial analyst!

Let's say for the sake of simplicity that the total amount I'm borrowing over 2 years is $140,000, and I'll look at CommonBond fixed rate only. What I want to determine is the trade-off between full deferment, and making interest only payments while in school.

Terms are all the same:
- 6% APR fixed
- 2% fee
- 10yr period

For simplicity, let's break it up into two equal loans of $70,000 (this is how it works right??).

Year 1
- Loan amount: $70,000
- Deferral period: 2 years
- Principal after 2 years: $78,924
- Monthly interest accrued: $371

Year 2
- Loan amount: $70,000
- Deferral period: 1 year
- Principal after 1 year: $74,328
- Monthly interest accrued: $360

So with no interest only payments:
Total principal after deferral: $153,252
Monthly payment: $1,735

But then it looks like in year 2 I'm accruing over $700 per month in interest. Let's say I pay that down every month, and my total principal upon graduation is an even $140,000. My monthly payment only goes down to: $1,585. Only a difference of $150.

I'd rather pay an extra $150/mo once I have a job than $700 per month with no job. It seems as though interest only payments are not worth it.

Is my math wrong / should I have come to a different conclusion?
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I think you are close. I came up with slightly different numbers.... maybe I am off with some of my assumptions - attaching excel file for reference.
(I would also recommend checking LendKey - i met the guy who runs their student loan program and they work heavily with local small lenders such as credit unions. They have no origination fees)

Balance difference: $13,483.00
Pmt difference $177.19

I think you are spot on with analysis. Your payment would be around 10% more as the result of not paying interest while at school. Most don't and most choose to borrow less as the result. I can tell you, however, is that there are many expenses, trips, and opportunities while at business school and you want to have a reserve.... you don't want to scramble or be like me and live on the credit cards part of the way, though I have to say it worked out.



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Thank you! I'm glad we are in the ballpark. Yeah, I plan to to extensive comparisons between lenders, but I just wanted to fix all that for the purposes of the interest-only payment decision.

I definitely hear you on the reserve for trips etc. This may seem like a low number overall but I'm lucky to have some other funding sources to contribute with.
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