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College Financial Aid: The Basics of Student Aid and FAFSA

Navigating the world of financial aid is complicated and time consuming. Sometimes it's challenging to find the straightforward information you need. That's why we created this section "The Basics." Everybody should have all the baseline information they need to understand financial aid. Learn what you need to know to pay for college.

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College Scholarships and Grants for Education

There's nothing better than finding money for college that you don't have to pay back. That's what this section is all about. We want to help you find the grants and scholarships out there that you can actually get. Government Pell Grants are a great place to start ... are you eligible? You can find out here.

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Guide to Student Loans and Borrowing

Chances are you will need to take out some loans to pay for your education. But you want to be smart about it. Learn about the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans. What's a Stafford Loan? What's a Perkins Loan? Find out everything you need to know about student loans here.

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Saving for College and Tuition Tax Credits

Financial planning for college is extremely important. Whether you're doing short-term or long-term planning, we've got you covered from 529 plans to guaranteed tuition programs. Thankfully, the government also helps students with tax breaks. Learn the ins and outs here. Get started now.

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Graduate School Financial Aid

Graduate students have a different set of financial aid requirements than undergrads. How long will your program last? What are your career prospects after you get your degree? Will your employer contribute to your tuition? Find out what you need to know about graduate school financial aid here.

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Military Financial Aid: The GI Bill and Beyond

The U.S. military has a unique set of financial opportunities for soldiers that can help pay for education. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and the Montgomery G.I. Bill give service members some of the best opportunities to fund their educations. What about reservists or military family members? Learn everything you need to know about military financial aid for college here.

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Paying Back Your Student Loans and Managing Student Debt

Taking on student loans and other debt to pay for your education is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. But are you prepared to manage your debt and pay back your obligations? Learn how to handle your debt and consider some of the options for repayment.

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