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To follow up with what AJ wrote - government backed loans have a lot of advantages in terms of repayment that private loans don't have to offer. In particular, deferment, forbearance, and income contingent repayment plans are all standard on federal loans.

I tend to pay down extra on my student loan, and would suggest that you consider investing a moderate level, in particular enough to get your company 401k match, if available or fund some moneys in a Roth or Traditional IRA.
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