Excel allows a user to calculate a cumulative loan principal payment for any period using the **CUMPRINC** function. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in calculating a cumulative principal payment for a selected period.

*Figure 1. The result of the function*

**Syntax of the CUMPRINC Formula**

The generic formula for the CUMPRINC function is:

**=CUMPRINC (rate, nper, pv, start_period, end_period, type)**

The parameters of the CUMPRINC function are:

**rate**– an interest rate for the period (the annual rate divided by 12)**nper**– the total number of payments for a loan**pv**– the present value of a loan**start_period**– a start period for calculating a cumulative principal payment**end_period**– an end period for calculating a cumulative principal payment**type**– specifies when the payments are made: at the end of a period (0) or at the beginning of a period (1).

**Setting up Our Data for the CUMPRINC Function**

* Figure 2. Data that we will use in the CUMPRINC example*

Let’s look at the structure of the data we will use. In the cell C2, we have the annual interest rate for the loan. In the cell C3 is the total number of payments, while in the C5 is the present value of the loan. Cells C5 and C6 contain the start and end period. We want to get the result of the CUMPRINC function in the cell E3.

**Calculate the CUMPRINC for the selected period**

In our example, we want to get the cumulative principal payment for the whole period of the loan in the cell E3. Because of that the start period is 1 and the end is 24. The interest rate is 8.50% and the present value of the loan is $8,000.

*Figure 3. Using the CUMPRINC function to calculate the cumulative principal payment for the period*

The formula looks like:

**=CUMPRINC(C2/12, C3, C4, C5, C6, 0)**

The parameter **rate** is C2/12, as we must pass the monthly interest rate to the function. The **nper** is the cell C4 (24), while the **start_period** is C5 (1) and the **end_period** is C6 (24). The **pv** is in the C5 ($8,000). The **type** is 0, as the payments are being made at the end of the period.

Finally, the result in the cell E3 is -$8,000.00, which is the cumulative principal payment for the periods 1-24. The result is always negative, as it is the payment.

To apply the CUMPRINC function, we need to follow these steps:

- Select cell E3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
`=CUMPRINC(C2/12, C3, C4, C5, C6, 0)`

- Press enter

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