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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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Announcing the 2018 Bridging the Dream Scholarship winners

The winners have been chosen! This scholarship has already changed nine incredible students’ lives. Who will take home a scholarship this year?

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Explore how you can follow a step-by-step method to pay for college.

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Looking for financial aid?

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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Announcing the 2019 Bridging the Dream Scholarship

Sixteen high school students have already won $25,000—and we’re excited to help make college happen for a new group of incredible students.

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You could win $1,000 in our monthly sweepstakes

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The simple act of completing a FAFSA could translate into hundreds, or even thousands of dollars.

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Winnie Sun
Financial advisor

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 2019, by Sallie Mae and Ipsos. Top five ways; does not total 100%.

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