Using a student loan calculator
Students use a student loan calculator to calculate monthly loan payments and how much they can save on interest by paying a little extra each month.
The total amount you’ll end up paying for a student loan is determined by a combination of the loan principal, the interest rate, and your monthly payment amount.
- How does a student loan get repaid?
- What can you do to reduce the total amount you have to pay back for a student loan?
- Use loan data to calculate the monthly payment, total interest paid, and total amount paid for a student loan
- Understand how paying more than the minimum payments can reduce the total cost of the loan
What students will do
- Use an online calculator to determine how much the monthly payments for federal student loans would be for a recent graduate described in a scenario.
- Explore how paying extra on a loan can reduce the loan’s total cost.
- Reflect on what they learned about repaying student loans.
Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.