Choosing a school and starting college can be a very exciting time. One aspect of the college decision that often gets overlooked in many families is finding the right source for your student loans.
For many families getting a student loan from the local bank or lender suggested by the school is the quickest route to funding a college education. While it may not be the most exciting part of planning for college, taking the time to research and find the loan(s) that work best for you and your family is time well spent.
Much of this site is dedicated to helping college graduates pay back their loans, taking time to examine all of the resources available before you start can help you make a better informed decision. Like so many things in life, one of the best things you can do is ask lots of questions. Ask for advice from your friends and family that have been there before, ask any lender who wants to give you a loan questions about repayment, and ask your school what programs and resources they have to help students.
If you are brand new to student loans or learning about how to pay for college start here:
Introduction and Student Loan Basics
For those of you who are trying to decide between federal and private loans, start here:
Federal Government Student Loans vs Private Student Loans