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Best Apps to Help You Pay Off Student Loan Debt Faster

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Student loan debt is at an all-time high. In fact, according to the Department of Education, Americans owe nearly $1.5 trillion in federal student loans. If you’re feeling burdened by the heavy weight of expensive student loans, it’s time to make a plan to pay them off once and for all. Consider how these apps can help you do just that, making it easier to pay off your debt faster.

ChangED

If you only make the minimum payment on your loan every month, you’ll end up incurring excessive interest, which means you pay more over the life of the loan. ChangED explains that the average student loan, which totals $39,400, can actually end up costing you more than $60,000 if this is your payment plan.

If you don’t know how to find the extra cash to pay more each month, sign up for ChangED. The  app rounds up every purchase you make to the next dollar and sets that “spare change” aside. When you reach $100, the money gets put toward your loans, so you can pay more each month.

Without having to actively save extra money yourself, paying more than the minimum is nearly effortless. Plus, ChangED sends the money to your loan provider automatically, so you don’t have one more thing to stress about. All you pay is $1 each month.

Debt Payoff Pro

This debt organization tool helps you use the “debt-snowball” method to pay off your student loans once and for all. Using this approach, you would pay the minimum payments on all your debts until your first debt is paid off. Then you would use the extra payment from the paid off debt and apply it to the next debt.

As you pay off debts, you have more and more money to put toward your larger loans, allowing you to pay them off faster too. The best part is, the app does all the math for you. Once you’ve uploaded your loan amounts, the app calculates each payment, along with interest, principal and remaining balance.

PickPocket.me

Become your own pickpocket with this simple debt-payoff app. For each purchase you make, Pickpocket takes a percentage of the money you spend each month—which is adjustable, based on your personal financial status—to pay off your loans faster. If you’re having a great financial month, you can even hit the “boost” button, to “steal” more money from yourself.

What’s more, you can add parents and family members as sponsors who can match the payments you’re making.

Givling

If you like to play games, this is the app for you. With Givling, you play on a trivia team to win cash to pay off your student loan. You can join games twice a day to answer trivia questions. Here’s how it works, according to its creators:

“Each time you initiate play, you join a three-person team and answer statements true or false until you strike out or reach the statement limit. The more statements you answer correctly, the higher your score. If your team is the highest scoring team when the clock runs out on the competition period, the three of you equally split the cash award.”

You can help others pay off their student loans as well by sponsoring offers, which gets you to the top of the queue, where you can get your loan paid off up to $50,000.

Your Student Loan Provider’s App

Sometimes paying off your student loans faster is just a matter of keeping track of how much you owe and making additional deposits when you get extra cash. That’s why you should download your student loan provider’s apps, like My Great Lakes or My Fed Loan so you can manage payments anywhere you have a cell signal or Wi-Fi.

Pay Off Student Loan Debt  Faster

Use these apps to make your student loans easier to manage—while paying them off faster and with less stress. Choose the app that’s best for you and download it today. The sooner you get started, the sooner your debt will be gone.

Jessica Thiefels is the CEO of Jessica Thiefels Consulting and has been writing for more than 10 years. She’s written for AARP, Reader’s Digest and Lifehack and regularly contributes to The Financial Diet, Homes.com and more.