After you've explored free money for college (scholarships and grants), you may want to look into federal student loans, which are provided by the government, or private student loans, which are provided by banks and other financial institutions, to help you pay for college.

Don't forget, with both federal and private student loans, you'll have to pay back the money you borrow plus interest.

Understand federal vs private student loans

After you’ve explored free money, federal student loans and private student loans can help you pay for college.

Compare federal and private student loans

Learn about your other borrowing options

Home equity loans, personal loans, and tuition payment plans could all help you pay for college.

Other borrowing options

Tips to save on college costs

Learn about ways to save on college costs before you get to college and while you’re in school.

Save on college costs

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