Ch 1: Introduction to Student Loans

About This Chapter

Watch these video lessons to understand the ins and outs of qualifying for student loans. The information presented can help you determine your college expenses and decide which type of loan is right for you.

Introduction to Student Loans: Chapter Summary

With the wide variety of student loans available, it can be confusing trying to decide which ones to apply for. Let our qualified guidance counselors and academic advisors help you navigate through the world of student loans and decide which fit your needs. This chapter includes:

Finding the real cost of college

Tuition isn't the only expense you'll have while in college. You'll need to account for other things, like housing costs, books and student fees. Our experienced counselors will give you tips for finding the real cost of college.

Determining whether you qualify for financial aid or scholarships

Before getting too far into the student loan search, you want to determine if it is worth your time. We'll help you find out if you're eligible for financial aid or scholarships.

Exploring the different types of student loans

With multiple student loan options available, it can be confusing trying to decide which is right for you. Our lessons will show you an overview of different types of loans, as well as explain the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans.

Finding student loans

After you've determined you're eligible and have become familiar with the different types of student loans, where do you go to apply? Our counselors will give you practical advice on where to look online.

Working with financial aid offices

Once you've applied for some loans, it can be nerve-racking waiting for a response. You'll want to keep in touch with college financial aid offices to increase your chances of securing a loan. Use our video lessons to understand when you should make contact and learn strategies for negotiating with financial aid offices.

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