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Follow a 1-2-3 approach to paying for college

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Start with money you won't have to pay back


Scholarships
Grants
Financial aid

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Explore federal student loans


Federal loans

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Consider a responsible private student loan


Private loans

Follow a 1-2-3 approach to saving for college

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Open a savings account


Why save for college

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Make regular contributions


Money management

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Explore tax-advantaged options


College savings plans

Reminder: File your FAFSA

Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only way to find out if you qualify for financial aid. Applications can be sent in starting October 1.

Learn about the FAFSA

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