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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

How do student loans work?

In order to easily repay student loans after graduation, it is important to consider your debt-to-income ratio, deferment possibilities, and consolidation options.

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College Planning

How much is college tuition and what's excluded?

This article discusses tuition rates and other expenses a student incurs beyond tuition. It is important to anticipate these costs to avoid unexpected financial stress.

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College Planning

How much should parents pay for college?


This article suggests ways that parents can research the costs of education for their children so that they can better plan. Average costs for tuition and expenses are also included.

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College Planning

How much to save for your child's college


The simple answer is as much as you can afford. The important thing is to start now by building a plan and doing what you can.

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College Planning

How schools determine what you are expected to pay

Curious as to how much financial aid you can receive to help pay for a college education? Colleges use various methods to determine your EFC, which in turn helps decide your eligible financial aid.

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College Planning

How the 2+2 community college plan can help you save for college

Five tips on how to start - and ultimately maximize - your college savings potential. There may even be a few things you haven't considered before.

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College Planning

How to get money for college

Financial planning for college may sound complicated, but there are several websites that help you find possible scholarships and funding.

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