Whether it's you or your children who are shouldering the burden of high college costs, there are ways to manage these expenses to help them fit into any tight budget. You can avoid the possibility of landing in debt scams by checking with your colleges, universities, and the government first for loans. Many colleges and universities are aware of declining enrollment due to financial issues, and are trying to work with students and parents to help them manage their finances during a rough recessionary period. Even the Federal government is aware that many people have troubling managing their student debt after they graduate, due to a dearth of jobs in the economy. Both are making efforts to make it easier for parents and students.
Don't Wait To Find Out If You Qualify
Like many programs aimed to provide financial aide, it's important to get the facts and apply before the deadlines. If you want to try to get a Federal student loan, which can come with more lenient terms and lower rates than private lenders, you have to fill out a FAFSA and file by the deadline. That will mean that you can't wait until you're actually accepted to start the paperwork. Be proactive and get what you need done ahead of time, to take advantage of the different types of programs out there.
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Federal Financial Aide – Grant monies have been expanded in some cases, and there is still help in the form of Stafford Loans. The earlier you apply, the better as it is a first-come/first served program. Repayment terms are lenient, and you don't have to repay loans until after you graduate. If you've qualified for grants, you don't have to repay them ever.
Plan Ahead For School Supplies – Tuition is one thing, but even school supplies can cost several hundreds of dollars, if not a thousand or more. The problem is that many of today's supplies have been transformed from paper books to expensive electronic format. Not only that, but your school may even require the purchase of a laptop as a basic requirement. Knowing where you can get special student discounts on this equipment, or getting it used, is a great way to save hundreds each semester.
Do Your Taxes – If you're paying for a student who qualifies as a dependent, you may be eligible for a tax credit based on a portion of the tuition costs.
Get On A Tuition Plan – Colleges offer monthly payment plans for students and parents who want to pay a portion of it each month, instead of in full at the beginning of a semester. There is a sign up fee that can increase the total bill, but can help you finance the cost in easily affordable monthly installments.
Negotiate With The Lender – If you are out of school, still having difficulty finding a job and/or unable to afford payments for whatever reason, call up your lender and negotiate a hardship deferral or an income-based loan repayment plan.
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