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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Resources to help you plan and pay

Rising interest rates explained

Learn about interest rates, why they rise, how their increases may impact your federal and private student loans, and some steps you can take to lower your total loan costs.

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Build a customized financial plan for college

Our college planning calculator can estimate college costs, based on your situation.

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Search for scholarships

Access more than 6 million college scholarships worth up to $30 billion.

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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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Trying to understand your financial aid offers?

Get tips to help you decode what’s in your financial aid offers. Find out how to compare offers to see which schools are affordable for you and your family, so you can make an informed decision about where to go.

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How American families pay for college

is paid by parent income and savings
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is paid by scholarships and grants
is paid by student borrowing
is paid by student income and savings
is paid by parent borrowing
is paid by grandparents or other relatives

Source: How America Pays for College 2020, by Sallie Mae and Ipsos.

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