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Applying for Student Loans: Chapter Summary
With all the student loan options available, how do you begin applying? Let our guidance counselors and academic advisors give you some pointers on choosing a loan provider and filling out your applications. This chapter covers:
Applying for financial aid
After applying to college, having to fill out yet another application for financial aid may seem like a burden. However, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can make this process a lot easier. Our lessons provide you with tips for filling out the FAFSA.
Gathering the documents you need
Now you're ready to start applying for student loans - or at least you think you are. We'll let you know what documents you need so you can avoid the headache of trying to find everything at the last minute.
Determining the responsibilities of the co-signer
Some loans may require a co-signer. What obligations will your co-signer be bound to? Watch our video lessons to learn why co-signers are sometimes necessary and what their responsibilities are.
Comparing different loan providers
You've found several student loan options, but how do you decide which are right for you? Our guidance counselors will teach you strategies for comparing different loan providers and offers.
1. FAFSA Tips: How to Apply for Financial Aid
Given the consistent rise in college tuition, finding ways to pay for college is on the forefront of every student's mind. Applying for college funding through the ''Federal Student Aid'' office is one of the easiest ways to begin. Listen to this lesson to find out how to get started with your Free Application for Federal Student Aid and be on your way to paying for college.
2. Documents You Need to Apply for Student Loans
Student loans are often necessary when paying for college. This lesson will explain what documents are needed when applying for student loans and will end with a short quiz to test what you have learned.
3. Student Loan Co-Signer Requirements & Obligations
Many private student loans require the student to have a co-signer. This lesson explains which loans need a co-signer as well as the requirements and obligations of the co-signer.
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