Kat Tretina

Kat Tretina is a personal finance writer focused on helping people pay down debt and boost their incomes. Her own experience paying off $35,000 student loans ahead of schedule thanks to side hustles helps inform her writing on debt repayment, student loans and investing topics. Her work has been featured in publications like The Huffington Post, MarketWatch, Business Insider, and more.

Articles by Kat Tretina

How Does Student Loan Interest Work?

If you have student loan debt, you know how quickly your balance can grow due to interest charges. But how does student loan interest work?... read more

How to Recertify and Renew Your Income Driven Repayment Plan Each Year

Income-driven repayment (IDR) plans can lower your monthly student loan payment, as well as extend your loan term, based on your income and family size.... read more

How to Lower Your Student Loan Payments

Learning how to lower student loan payments can be a lifesaver if you’re struggling to afford your bills. Fortunately, you don’t have to be stuck... read more

Do You Have to Pay Back Financial Aid?

Do you ever have to pay back any of the financial aid you receive for college or graduate school? The answer depends on the type... read more

FAFSA Verification: Why You Could Be Selected and How to Handle It

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an essential first step when you’re planning for college. It’s what the federal government, colleges... read more

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