Welcome back to another episode, and another MSU case study. Last time we discussed a married couple who are both MSU professors and have two teenage children. You can find that episode here: Ep 114: Retirement Planning Case Study for an MSU Employee.
This time, we are discussing the scenario of a young professor in his late twenties with his first full-time college teaching position.
Join us as we talk about the ins and outs of financial planning and setting up a solid retirement plan for someone in a similar situation.
MSU Employee Case Study #2
Bob is 28 years old. He has just received his first teaching appointment at Michigan State University. He is single but expects to propose to his significant other soon. He has about $50,000 in student debt and is currently renting an apartment. He wants to pay off the debt but also wants to save for his wedding and a house. He also knows that he should start saving for his retirement. His parents didn’t save enough and told him all the time that he needs to start saving right away.
- Budget – how much can he afford to save/service debt?
- Student loan payments: look at what payment plans make sense and a reasonable number of years to pay off his debt.
- PSFL qualifications
- Qualifying payment plans
- If he falls into the category where his 5% contribution to the MSU plan is OPTIONAL
- he should try to contribute the 5% to get the match
- Increase later as the situation develops
- That’s a total of 15% right now
4. Set reasonable goals around wedding and house saving.
- Be careful about letting others’ experience set your goals (parents and retirement)
- Build a contingency savings fund
- Deep – dive into what getting married will mean financially
- Also may mean re-thinking insurance coverages etc.
- And how buying a house fits into those plans
- Then start adding savings for these specifics
- Contingency Fund
- Paying down debt
- 5% into MSU Plan for now with the goal to increase over time
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