Tips for Graduating Students

By Maniyah Goodwine

You did it! Well… almost.

Graduating students have one foot out the door and are ready to take on the next part of their lives. Though classes and exams may be ending, it is still very important that you keep up with your finances. Here are a few things you can do as you prepare to don your cap and gown this weekend:

  • Check the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at and make sure your loan information is up to date and accurate.
  • Check your promissory notes or disclosure statements from your student loans. Some loans may have a grace period (a period of time before you need to start repaying), while other loans may begin repayment immediately after graduation.
  • It is important to start researching the different repayment plans available to you.

After graduation, you might move out on your own, buy a car, or take some time to travel. As you enter post-graduation life, continue to be financially smart. The financial decisions you make now have the potential to impact you for the rest of your life.

Congratulations, and good luck!

P.S. – Be sure to complete your exit counseling!