Tips and Tricks when Paying for College for both Parents and Students – FT006

Financial TechJim and Andrew are together again for next installment of the Financial Tech Podcast!  Jim just had a child graduate from high school – for many people this means college is next.  So how do you pay for it?

We have blogged about this back in February so check that out.

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Andrew quizzes Jim who is going through it right now.
What has has experience been?  How was the big bad FAFSA – done online  Were you able to find aid for all of the cost of Government loans, Grants, Scholarships, Private loans and out of pocket funds

What was the process like for Jim? Did he encourage his kids to work through school, did he try and cover most expenses, or did he lay the whole responsibility on the student? Remember there is no wrong answer

When you graduate, what are the steps to start paying them back?  Contact your servicer?

Create a list of all the loans you have out there include: Lender, Servicer, Address, Payoff amount, and interest rate find this at National student loan data system.

Look into consolidating with the Federal Direct program  Do the math, what makes sense for you.

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