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Student Loan Calculator

The Goal of this project is to replicate and enhance the functionality provided by the Department of Education's student loan calculator:

It has the following major limitations:

  • Assumes all loans are new and that no balance has been paid
  • Confusing to use and does not make certain stipulations clear (eg: Parent Plus can qualify for IBR if consolidated)
  • Assumes 5% AGI increase every year. Should be adjustable
  • Does not properly account for various government subsidies.

Additionally the current tool:

  • Does not recommend the best program for a brower based on time period and monthly spending goals
  • Offers no helpful visualization
  • Can be confusing to use to borrower's unfamilar with the details of student loans.

The nitty gritty of how all these programs work is mostly captured here:

Setup and local development

The calculator is built on the Next.js framework on deployed on Vercel You will need to install Node.js and then run the following:

npm install
npm run dev

This will launch the local development server on http://localhost:3000