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When it comes to paying for college first look for money you won’t have to pay back (scholarships and grants). Then explore federal student loans. Finally, consider a responsible private student loan to cover the rest.


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Financial aid for college starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Stay up-to-date on all things FAFSA with our tips and info.

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My first college visit was the summer before junior year. Getting acceptance letters really brought home the college visits for me. I was like ‘Oh, I could go to this school I just saw.'

Molly K.,
College class of ‘18

How American families pay for college


is paid by scholarships and grants

is paid by parent income and savings

is paid by student borrowing

is paid by student income and savings

is paid by parent borrowing

Source: How America Pays for College 2017, by Sallie Mae and Ipsos. Top five ways; does not total 100%.

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