Put your college planning on track

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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Student loans

Tools to help you plan and pay

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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 2016, by Sallie Mae and Ipsos. Top five ways; does not total 100%.

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How America Pays for College 2016, by Sallie Mae and Ipsos.