It appears that I need to give more information on why I paid down my student loan using a balance transfer from my credit card. I’m confident that it was the wise choice. My student loan charges 8.5% interest and the credit card charges 3.99% interest. The credit card is cheaper money. Even with the $75 balance transfer fee I’ll come out ahead using the credit card.
There is a limit of $2500 in student loan interest that can be deducted in a year. This transfer was for $4900 and a little over $1600 of that went to interest. I plan to pay this loan down more over the year and it is possible that I’ll hit the limit. Even if I don’t since my taxable income for the year will likely be low I don’t think I would be able to use all of the $2500 deduction. I don’t think this deduction would allow me to get back more than the taxes I pay.
There aren’t really any programs I know of that will pay off law school loans. There are some LRAP programs but the ones I have seen would fall well short of paying all my loans. I have about $50,000 in loans now and will probably have about $65,000 when I graduate. I’m not worried about not having any loans available to be forgiven. I’m trying to pay down my Grad Plus loan since it has an 8.5% interest rate but I plan to stretch my Stafford loan payments out as long as possible.