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Paying For College

students across bridgeThe cost of higher education has steadily shifted from the taxpayer to the student and family. As state funding for student financial aid has dwindled, institutions are raising costs. Below are some ways to assist paying for college,the Debt-Free College Degree and Debt-Free Degree.  Commute or live on campus?

  1. Scholarships (Writing the essay, Award winning Guide)

  2. Grants (part of financial aid award upon FAFSA completion, Parent's Guide to the FAFSA)

  3. Federal student and parent loans

  4. Private student loans , helpful guide and Credible

  5. Student Accounts/Bursar's Office payment plan 

  6. Personal savings (cash, check, money order, college savings plans, etc.) Best way to withdraw 529 funds. 529 withdrawals and tax credit. 529 impact on financial aid

  7. Employment

  8. Credit/debit card

  9. Third party payment

  10. University Waiver

  11. Wire transfer

  12. Home equity lines of credit

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