After reaching a huge milestone like paying off over $100K in debt, it still pains me to think that the remainder of our debt is all student loans. Our remaining three student loan accounts are all housed by different providers, Navient, Great Lakes, and AES so there are small nuances to each of them that we have to keep in mind. This post will go into more detail on how paid ahead status works, more specifically for loans being paid to Great Lakes. A few weeks ago I shared how AES was not properly applying my extra payments to my loans and instead of putting me in “PAID AHEAD” status on my IG stories.  Not surprisingly, I wasn’t the only one this was happening to, and many of you commented and sent me messages sharing your experience with the whole “PAID AHEAD” debacle. Luckily, I was able to have paid ahead removed from my AES account and now my payments are being credited correctly. Unfortunately for many, it’s not that simple. What’s the deal with Paid Ahead? I’ve gotten this question many times, and the answer is that it depends on your situation and your student loan provider whether or not this will be a good or bad thing for you. Like many companies, when you’re paid ahead it means that you either don’t owe a bill for the upcoming month, or your bill will be reduced based upon how much of your extra payment was moved forward. For some,…

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