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College planning

Explore the articles in this section to learn expert tips on paying for college, saving money, getting financial aid and making informed decisions on student loans

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College Planning

10 Facts to consider before co-signing a student loan

Here are a few general facts you should know before you decide to co-sign on a student loan for your child.

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College Planning

3 Phases of finding money for college

Preparing to pay for a college education doesn't have to come from one bucket of money. By approaching fundraising efforts in three phases, you may be able to accomplish your goals.

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3 ways to meet the challenge of college expenses

This article explains three ways to reduce college expenses, including receiving grants and scholarships, applying for part-time jobs, and completing the FAFSA.

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College Planning

5 tips for saving money on college textbooks


The cost of textbooks can quickly add up each semester. There are several measures you could explore to reduce costs, such as buying used books, selling and renting.

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College Planning

5 tips on how to pay for college without loans

When it comes to college planning, there are a few things you can do to manage your bill on the front end. Read these tips to get started on the right foot.

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5 ways to help your child pay for college

This article discusses several ways that parents can help financially support their children in college, such as helping them find scholarships and cosigning a private loan.

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529 Plan rules: Must I use all the money for educational expenses?

529 Plans enable people to save money to pay for college, but what expenses qualify? It's important to know how you can use 529s and avoid penalties.

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