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Rounding up cash for college

If your child is starting college in the fall, now is the time to apply for financial aid -- before it's all gone. These tips will guide you through the application process and advise you on finding and spending college cash.

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FAFSA, PLUS, Stafford and more ...

First step for aid: Fill out the FAFSA
A variety of financial assistance is available, but the road for aid begins with one form -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA.
 
Paying for college with private loans
When federal aid just isn't enough, shop carefully for a credit-based private loan.
 
Look for scholarships
Good news: Free money is up for grabs! Better news: You don't have to be a genius to qualify!
 
Higher education at a lower price
Use your community college as a stepping stone to higher-education savings.
 
9 alternative ways to pay for college
Tips on how a cash-strapped student can pay for tuition.
 

 

 
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Stafford - in school 4.66%
PLUS loan 7.21%
Private loan 7.35%



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