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What are Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans

Subsidized and unsubsidized loans are both forms of financial aid. When you complete your FAFSA, you school may offer you loans. Loans aren't free money....

What is the Pell Grant?

What is the Pell Grant? The Pell Grant is a federal grant given to students to pay for school. The amount you get is based...

Don’t Get Buried by Student Loan Debt

When we talk to students, we usually ask if they are taking out loans. Entirely too often students say "I don't have loans. FAFSA...

What should you do with your Pell Grant refund?

Depending on what your school costs and how much you have in scholarships and grants, you might get a refund from your school. Some...
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Student Loans

Defaulting on Your Student Loans

What is default? If you default on your loans, it means you failed to repay them. You are considered to be in default if you...

Loan Repayment Plans

There are several possible repayment plans to pay off your loans.  What do they all mean? Standard Repayment Plan: Payments are a fixed amount of...

Tips for Paying Off Your Student Loans

Once you've been out of school for six months, whether it's because you graduated, temporarily stopped, or dropped out, you have to start paying...

Financial Aid Verification

The federal government requires colleges and universities confirm that the data reported by students on the FAFSA is correct. Every year, about one-third of...