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Parent PLUS Loan Features, Benefits and Drawbacks: What You Need to Know

Before applying for a parent PLUS loan, carefully consider its features, benefits and drawbacks.

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Understanding Cost of College Attendance

Learn exactly what the cost of attendance means. If you have started the process of preparing for your child’s college career, you may have run into several things that have you confused – and maybe a few that have you nervous.

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Checklist for College Prep

Here are some items for you and your high school senior to look over each month between now and the start of freshman year of college.

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How Working Can Help Your College Student

The financial, networking and training benefits of working part-time while in college can seem pretty obvious. What may not be so obvious is how working part-time during the academic year can also boost a student’s grades.

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Know Which Student Loans Are Right for You

Learn about the different types of student loans, both federal and private, to help choose the best option for your financial situation.

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5 Things Parents Should Know About Award Letters

Before accepting a college admission, it’s important you take a look and ensure the offered financial aid is right for your family’s situation.

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Parents: What You Should Know Before Applying for a Student Loan

Before filling out loan applications or accepting student loans, consider future repayment and whether you or your student is going to be responsible for making payments.

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Student Loan Basics: What Parents and Cosigners Need to Know

Are you ready to be financially liable? If you are considering taking on a federal parent loan or cosigning a private student loan with your student, consider these important points.

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4 Hot Tips for Refinancing Your Parent PLUS Loans

Four examples when refinancing student loans (including parent PLUS loans) might be the right decision for you.

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The Graduation Checklist for Parents

This milestone for your student can mean a lot of work for you. Use this checklist to bring some order to the chaos.

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Parents’ Guide to College Prep (Infographic)

Knowing your student is prepared can help ease your anxiety as they make the move away. Use these tips to help ensure they’re ready for daily life on their own.

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Know the Difference: Types of Financial Aid

The variety of college funding sources often leads to confusion as students and parents plan for college. This financial aid primer can help you sort out and compare financial aid options.

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What Your Award Letter Doesn’t Tell You

Don’t forget to plan for expenses like these when estimating your cost of college attendance. Having a clear idea of all your expenses upfront will allow you to better plan how you will pay for college.

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Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Package

While college acceptance letters are often exciting, the arrival of financial aid award packages can be confusing. Keep these five things in mind as you review your financial aid awards to limit stress.

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Tool Helps Borrowers Make Good Decisions About Loans

The College Funding Forecaster is a free, online tool designed to help borrowers make good decisions about borrowing student loans.

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9 Reasons for Getting Involved

Opportunities to become involved in extracurricular activities, athletics, and work activities abound. Here are nine reasons high school students should take advantage of at least a few of those opportunities.

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Building Time Management Skills

Students of all ages need good time management skills to balance school, homework, activities, family responsibilities and just having fun.

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Understanding Family Contributions

An integral part of the college financial aid process is an expected family contribution, or EFC. This number is the basis for the amount of financial aid made available to a student.

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Understanding Loans: Supplemental Private Student Loans

What is a private student loan exactly? Learn about cosigners, interest rates, fees, and benefits, in addition to interest charges and repayment plans.

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Understanding Loans: Reduce Loan Costs

The easiest way to reduce any student loan costs is by eliminating loans completely or by borrowing a minimal amount. Here's how you can reduce your need for student loans.

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Understanding Loans: Credit Scores and Loans

Learn the importance of credit scores and how they affect student loan interest rates. Don't forget about the impact of poor credit.

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Understanding Loans: Student Loans and Interest

Student loans are different than car loans and mortgages because the majority of student loans allow you to defer repayment while you're attending school on at least a half-time basis.

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