25 May

How to Pay Off Student Loans Fast

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If you’ve ever had student loans, you know that repaying them is no joke. Not only do the payments seem never-ending, but their high interest rates can add up very quickly. We’re here to give you a few tips that we’ve learned over the years to make paying off your educational expenses as quick and painless as possible.

Pay More Than the Minimum

We know paying more than the minimum payment each month is easier said than done, but if you find yourself with a little extra cash sometimes, it is best used to pay off your current debts. Some months you may only be able to make the minimum payment, and that’s okay. Just keep in mind that if you continue to pay only the minimum amount needed, you will end up paying more interest in the long run.

Make Extra Payments

Similar to the above point, making extra payments throughout the year will ultimately help you pay off your student debt faster and accrue less interest. This can be as simple as making an extra payment once every 3 months, for a total of 4 per year. That will lower your debt by 33% each year, making you that much closer to being debt free. Once you start making a habit out of it, the extra payments won’t seem so “extra” at all and your bank account won’t suffer in the long run.

Pay off High-Interest Debt First

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is best to pay off loans with higher interest rates first to stop the “snowball effect” of accruing interest. It is most effective to pay off these high-interest loans with large lump sums, such as tax returns or holiday bonuses, to see the most return. When you pay off large amounts at a time, the interest can only be applied to the amount you still have left to pay, which will be quite a bit lower, depending on the amount of your lump sum payment.

Use a HELOC

Student loans are notorious for having sky-high interest rates that just seem to keep adding salt to the wound. HELOCs, on the other hand, have much lower interest rates, making the payments a bit more bearable. By paying off student loans by using a HELOC, you essentially swap out the interest rate for a lower one. For example, if your student loans have an interest rate of 8% and an RMLEFCU HELOC has a rate of 4.25%, by using the money from the HELOC to completely pay off the loan with an 8% rate, you now only have to make payments on the loan with the 4.25% interest rate. This means less of your hard-earned money is wasted on paying interest in the long run. We’d call that a win.

While there is no way to get out of paying your loans, by taking these tips into account, you can pay off your student debt as quickly and efficiently as possible. For questions about ways to pay off your student loans using a lower interest option, like a HELOC, visit our website or call a representative at 303-458-6660.

21 May

Shared Branching

Jonathan discusses one of the many perks of being a credit union customer – shared branching! When you become an RMLEFCU member, you get access to a network of over 5,000 credit union locations nationwide through the CU Service Centers Network. You can perform many of your financial transactions and obtain services at any of these participating locations, even when you’re far away from home!

Learn more about our shared branching program and see a list of participating locations, here!

18 May

HELOC Vs. Home Equity Loan

Knowing the difference between HELOCs and Home Equity Loans can be confusing! In this video, Cary discusses the difference between RMLEFCU’s HELOCs and Home Equity Loans. HELOCs act similarly to a credit card using your home’s equity as collateral and receiving funds as you need them, while Home Equity Loans are more similar to traditional loans and you receive funds in a total lump sum up front also using your home as equity. To learn more about these two borrowing strategies, visit our website and check out our What is a HELOC and How Can I Use It.

09 May

2018 Denver Police Week Events

Denver Police Week is meant to honor and recognize our local law enforcement for their service to our communities. During the week of May 12- 18, the Denver City and County building will turn their lights blue in honor of the legacy of Denver Police Officers and the following events will be held.

May 12

9am-12pm

Blue Thunder One-Hundred Motorcycle Rally and Denver Fallen Officer Individual Grave Ceremonies

Begin: Denver Police Academy located at 2155 N. Akron Wy, Denver.

Conclude: Hoffbrau Bar & Grill located at 9110 Wadsworth Pkwy, Westminster.

 

 

May 15

2pm

Fallen Officer Sign Ceremony

Honoring fallen Denver police officer Alson E. McCasland

Location: 19th and Clarkson streets, Denver.

 

3pm-6pm

RMLEFCU Police Week Open House

Join us for food, drinks and live music at our North Denver Branch

Location: 700 W 39th Ave, Denver, CO 80216

 

 

May 16

2pm

Fallen Officer Sign Ceremony

Honoring fallen Denver police officer Pasquale C. Marinaro

Location: 335 23rd Street, Denver.

 

May 17

9am

Denver Police Museum Reception Breakfast

Honoring the 30th Anniversary of Denver Police Detective Robert W. Wallis’ sacrifice.

Location: Art Dill Auditorium 1331 Cherokee Street, Denver

 

10am

Denver Police Museum Memorial Ceremony

 

11am

Complimentary Luncheon

Hosted by Denver Police Officer’s Foundation and Denver Police Foundation

*To RSVP for Luncheon, please email denverpolicemuseum@gmail.com

or call (720) 913-6779, by May 10th.