What is a Parent Student Loan & How Do They Work?

Parent student loans give parents and guardians the ability to finance their student's education by taking out a loan of their own....

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Student Loan Glossary

Navigating the student loan process can be overwhelming. Use this comprehensive glossary to understand common terms you should know and how they apply to you....

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How to Take Out Student Loans

Taking out a student loan for the first time can be overwhelming. Use this step-by-step guide to learn what the student loan process looks like to set yourself up for success ...

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How to Pay for Graduate School

Earning an advanced degree is a great way to boost your skills, confidence, and earning potential. If you're exploring ways to pay for graduate school, you're probably not que...

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What's the Difference Between Grants, Scholarships, and Loans?

There are many ways to get help paying for your college education - so many, in fact, that figuring out how to access and combine these options can be overwhelming. To take so...

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Should I Consolidate My Student Loan or Refinance?

If you're looking to streamline your loans, loan consolidation and student loan refinancing are two options to consider. While the terms are often used interchangeably, they'r...

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What Happens After You File the FAFSA?

You applied for FAFSA, now what? Learn the next steps in the process of obtaining your financial aid, including when you will receive your financial aid award letter, checking...

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How To Apply For The FAFSA

Learn how to fill out the FAFSA form in order to receive financial aid, including what you'll need, who is eligible and when to apply to avoid missing the deadline....

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How Does Student Loan Interest Work?

Student loan interest rates can be fixed (unchanging for the life of the loan) or variable (fluctuating throughout the life of the loan). In both cases, the lower the interest...

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When Should I Apply For Student Loans?
Deadlines & Late Application Considerations

When applying for student loans, timing is an important consideration. When to fill out your FAFSA, when to start applying for student loans, disbursement from your school, et...

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How the Private Student Loan Process Works

From research to receiving your disbursement, use this guide to understand how each step in the private student loan process works before taking out a loan....

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Understanding and Reviewing Financial Aid Award Letters

Learn how to understand your financial aid award letter with a full breakdown of the different elements of the award letter, and what other factors you should consider when re...

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Private vs. Federal Student Loans

Federal student loans are made and funded directly by the federal government. To apply, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)....

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Student Loans 101: How Student Loans Work

Thinking about taking out a student loan to pay for college? Before you get started, make sure you understand how student loans work. Click here to learn the student loan basi...

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10 Things to Know When Student Loan Shopping

Knowing where to start in finding a student loan is hard. Read College Ave's student loan shopping guide to learn the most important things when researching loans. ...

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How to Apply & Qualify for College Grants

Learn everything you need to know about how to reduce your college education costs with grants, including the different types, how to qualify and how to apply for grants. Expl...

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Variable vs. Fixed Interest Rates: What's the Difference?

It's important to understand the difference between student loan variable interest rates and fixed interest rates. Learn the basics so that you can choose which is best for yo...

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How To Choose A Student Loan: Key Factors To Consider

First, consider any federal student loan options available to you. When it comes time to apply for a private student loan, do not assume that all private student loans are the...

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Understanding How Borrowing and Lending Works

Learning how lending works is not only important while you're in college and looking for student loans but also for life in general. While the nitty-gritty of borrowing (and l...

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College Planning Timeline: High School Checklist

It's important to understand the difference between student loan variable interest rates and fixed interest rates. Learn the basics so that you can choose which is best for yo...

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Student Loans & FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA) is the online form you must complete each year to access federal aid (including federal student loans). In addition to ...

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School Certification Process

After your loan is approved, and you have accepted the terms, signed the loan documents, and (if asked) provided documents to verify your identity, your loan is sent to your s...

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What Do Graduate Student Loans Cover?

A graduate student loan can cover school costs for most master’s, doctoral, or advanced professional degree programs, including the examples listed below, and many more. If ...

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How do I get my 0.25% auto-pay interest rate reduction?

You'll need to set up a "Recurring Payment" on our Customer Service site. We will walk you through the steps setting up. ...

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