What is the process for getting advice?

  1. After you book a consult, you will receive a welcome email from us letting you know the information we will need from you.  Most of the information will be provided through a questionnaire that will cover your financial situation, income, specialty, family size, and other needed details.
  2. We will analyze your information prior to meeting with you and prepare a customized student loan plan that we will discuss during our consult.  This plan is the starting point that often identifies immediate ways in which the management of your student loans could be improved.
  3. We will virtually meet for our one hour Consultation, which includes:
    • 15 minutes to review your goals, questions and concerns
    • 30 minutes of discussion of the customized calculations relating to repayment plans, loan forgiveness, refinancing, etc.
    • 15 minutes to answer any remaining questions and present/review clear actionable steps about how to best manage your student loans
  4. You will be invoiced $479 at the conclusion of your consultation.
  5. After our consult, you’ll receive a recap email including a copy of your customized plan, details about the plan and any supporting documentation.
  6. We include six months of email follow-up as part of our service.  If you have additional questions, please reach out.

Why is a student loan consult important?

  • We provide an extensive review of your current student loan debt (loan types, status, amounts, rates) and the repayment options for that debt.
  • We want to make sure that you are on the right path to meet your goals and manage your student loan debt as efficiently as possible. If you are on track, we will let you know if there are any other options you should consider and give you confirmation of your decisions.
  • For most of our clients we are able to identify immediate actions that can improve your plan and help you understand how to implement them and save yourself money.  Sometimes small decisions can have huge impacts on your student loan plan and can save you tens of thousands of dollars.

How much does it cost to receive advice with StudentLoanAdvice.com?

  • Student loan advice is a one-time flat fee of $479, no matter how much student loan debt you have.  The fee is due at the conclusion of your consultation. The price is the same for couples and individuals.

What differentiates StudentLoanAdvice.com?

  • Many companies providing student loan advice are financial advisors, attorneys or tax professionals. SLA isn’t any of those and functions solely as a student loan advisor. Thus, we have no bias to bring you on as a tax or traditional financial planning client as many advisors typically do. Our only interest is to provide you with the best plan to manage your student loan at a fair price. In addition, our team, led by Andrew Paulson’s career in finance and specialized education in student loans, qualifies us to solve even the most complex student loan scenarios.

What are some of the takeaways from a consultation?

  • During our one on one consult, we will sit down with you for an hour and discuss your customized student loan repayment plan. We will:
    1. Help you understand and select a repayment plan
    2. Help you understand and review the monthly payments across different IDR programs, estimated payoff dates and projected loan forgiveness amounts
    3. Identify if loan consolidation may be beneficial
    4. Help you decide if and when private refinancing may make sense for you
    5. Identify methods to reduce your adjusted gross income and thereby reduce your monthly loan payment
    6. Explain the paperwork that will be required for different repayment and forgiveness programs
    7. Answer any and all of your questions about student loans

Who should book a consult?

  • Anyone who has student loan questions
  • Anyone who is unsure of the best way to manage their student loans
  • Anyone who doesn’t have time to pour hours into student loan education
  • Anyone who wants to ensure that they are making the right decisions with their student loan management

What is the relationship between StudentLoanAdvice.com and The White Coat Investor? 

  • The White Coat Investor is the majority owner of StudentLoanAdvice.com.

Where do the consults occur? Do I have to come to your office? 

  • Consults will be conducted virtually. If you live in the Salt Lake area, we can meet in person if you prefer.

When should I refinance my loans?

  • This varies case by case. Look at our refinancing page to find more information.

Which repayment plan is best?

  • Each plan has its pros and cons. Lots of resources are available on our site and at the WhiteCoatInvestor.com, but the best way to answer this question is by booking a consult.

What is student loan forgiveness?

  • Student loan forgiveness is when your loans are discharged by the government. Some forgiven loans will be taxed and others won’t.

Does Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) work?

What is the difference between Private Loans and Federal Loans?

  • Both are used to finance your education but they differ greatly. Federal loans tend to have more flexibility in repayment plans and forgiveness options. Private loans lack variety in repayment and forgiveness but may provide you with a lower rate.
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Will you file my student loan forms for me?

  • No. We can help advise you on how to do these, but we will not file your forms for you.

How can I consolidate my federal loans?

How does tax filing status impact student loans?

  • Whether you file Married-Filing-Jointly (MFJ) vs Married-Filing-Separately (MFS) can make a big difference because you can exclude your spouse’s income if you file MFS. But, there are additional considerations of MFJ vs MFS which may require further review.

Does filing taxes in a community property state impact student loans?

  • Short answer: It depends. If you file taxes MFJ, it shouldn’t impact you much, but if you file your taxes MFS, you may be able to reduce your student loan payment.

What retirement accounts should I invest in?

How should I invest?

  • There are a variety of methods to invest and plans are based on your personal goals, age, risk tolerance, income, etc. It is common for portfolios to have holdings in stocks, bonds and real estate, commonly through low-cost index funds. As with any asset allocation, understand the risks and potential value. To create your own personalized investment plan, we highly recommend the flagship course from The White Coat Investor: Fire Your Financial Advisor, that will help you create a personal financial plan.

Should I invest or pay down my student loans?

  • We recommend you save for retirement and pay down your student loans at the same time if feasible, but the answer varies for everyone.
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When should I start investing?

  • As early as possible. Time is one of the greatest tools an investor has, so the sooner you can get started, especially in retirement accounts, the greater potential you have.  Make sure to take advantage of any employer match that is provided.

What types of insurances do I need as a physician?

Do you have recommended insurance agents?

  • Life and disability insurance is best purchased from an independent agent. The White Coat Investor has a list of continuously vetted agents they recommend.