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Assessing how much you need to borrow to pay for school is a task you’ll probably have to figure out every year to ensure you cover all of your college expenses. All you need to do is follow a few steps to help you calculate your financial needs.

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The interest rate is important because it influences the overall cost of the loan. Understand the differences between fixed and variable interest rates to determine which is right for you.

College hardly seems like the optimal time to start paying off student loans. Between taking classes, balancing internships and trying to avoid accumulating additional debt — who would bother budgeting for student loan payments? Aren’t those supposed to be paid after graduation anyway? It’s a fair stance to take —…

Depending on your family’s financial situation, federal aid may cover some or all of your student’s tuition, housing, books, supplies and other college expenses. While some types of aid, like student loans, need to be repaid with interest, grants and work-study earnings do not need to be repaid. Qualifying for…

When it comes down to it, the big question on every college-bound family’s mind is: how much is college going to cost? The answer to that question varies from hundreds of thousands of dollars to nothing at all. Somewhere in the middle lies the real answer for the majority of…

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