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Paying for College Guide

From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

This guide was developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help students make smart decisions about choosing a school and paying for college. According to the website, “For many people, how to pay for a college education is one of the first major financial decisions they’ll make. These guides cover some of the big decisions you’ll face and will help you understand your options for financing your college education.”

The website has tools to explain the different types of student loans that are available, to help students compare financial aid offers, and to compare overall costs at different schools. Students can enter information about up to three different schools, and get a solid picture about their debt load at graduation and what their loan payments will be each month. There are also links on the site to other resources, such as the Federal Student Aid website for completing a FAFSA. It’s a good resource for learners who are preparing to transition from ABE to college.