The Optometrist’s Guide To Student Loan Refinancing

Optometrists often accumulate multiple loans from federal and private lenders to fund their doctor education, which results in an average debt load of $220,000. The majority of these loans are federal loans which have an average interest rate of 5.5-6.8%.Then the majority of doctors will end up refinancing their student loans to save thousands of dollars in interest. Here is your comprehensive guide to the student loan refinancing process and understanding how underwriting works.

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7 Optometry Student Loan Updates Before End of 2022

I cannot believe that it is the end of 2022. It has definitely been a crazy past 2 years with a lot of ever-changing federal legislations regarding student loans. As we approach the federal 0% interest benefit expiration date on January 31, 2022, here are some 7 new updates in the world of optometry student loans.

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What Happens to My Optometry Student Loans if I Die, Become Permanently Disabled, or Become Bankrupt?

Optometrists graduate with an average of $200,000+ in student loan debt, usually at a federal interest rate of 6.8%.. It is no wonder why many optometrists are worried about not being able to pay off their massive debt if they are unable to take home a large doctor’s salary. Even more fearful, a lot of ODs are worried that their loved ones will be stuck with their debt upon their passing or permanent disability.In this article, we will clear up some misconceptions around student loans (both federal & private) in regards to death and permanent/total disability.

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What Should I Do First? A Complete Guideline Step-By-Step

Personal finance is called personal for a reason; it is just as much a science as it is an art (similar to prescribing glasses). But seriously, this is probably one of the most difficult decisions that a lot of doctor investors will face and has starved me of sleep a lot – simply deciding which…

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2021-2022 IRS limitations for Optometrists

We cannot believe that 2021 is almost over! being said, it means that it’s time for updates on IRS limits (Effective January 1,2022). While all of these limits might seem higher, remember that it is mainly keeping up with inflation, which the consumer index is estimated at 4-5%. Here are some Retirement IRS Key-points for 2022.

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8 Dos and Don’ts When Purchasing an Optometry Practice

Practice ownership is often heralded as one of the pinnacles of an optometric career. Having ownership of a practice often allows for higher income, and more importantly: freedom and autonomy to practice as one sees fit. In my career, I have had the privilege of buying my own practice as well as helping others through the buying process… So whether you are a newly minted graduate looking to begin your legacy, or you are a seasoned veteran looking to acquire another piece of your empire – use these points to help guide you towards your next big purchase.

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7 Takeaways for Optometrists From Biden’s Extension Of Student Loan Relief

Last Friday afternoon, Biden announced that he will extend the student loan moratorium (which was supposed to expire at the end of September 30,2021) to a new date of  January 31, 2022. Benefits include suspended payments (forbearance) and frozen 0% interest from March 2020. While there are a lot of moving parts, here is what you should be aware of if you are an optometrist with federal loans:

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8 Financial Mistakes that New Optometrists Make

The average new optometrist graduates at an average age of 28 year old (significantly behind non-OD peers in terms of income generation), with an average student loan debt of over $220,000+, with little or no retirement investments. Often new grad optometrists find themselves practicing in oversaturated cities and most importantly without any formal financial education. This is the perfect storm that often leaves many doctors mentally overwhelmed and prone to devastating financial mistakes. In this article, we will address 8 common financial mistakes that new OD graduates make and how you can avoid them to be financially successful.

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