College Financing Basics
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Understanding the fundamentals

Chapter 1: Sizing up the challenge

College costs rise every year, but few students pay the full sticker price. Discover how to maximize financial aid opportunities and how to search for the college best suited for your student.

Chapter 2: Building a college fund

Get the details on creating, growing and tapping college investment plans such as 529s, prepaid tuition plans and education bond programs.

Chapter 3: Last-minute financing

Yikes! Your star is a senior and college funds are nonexistent. Don't panic. There are plenty of ways to reduce expenses and finance college costs even at this late date.

Chapter 4: Where to find the money

Financial aid opportunities come in a variety of ways from a number of sources including your state and federal government, colleges and even employers.

Chapter 5: Paying off student loans

Learn how to manage your student loans, how and when to consolidate them, and ways to get them forgiven forever.

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