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Applying to Graduate School? Here's How To Pay For It

If you’re considering graduate school in 2024, make sure you have a funding plan in place ahead of time. Costs for graduate school can vary greatly depending on the type and length of the program, but there are opportunities to help cut down out-of-pocket costs. Cecilia Clark, our student loans expert, walks through all of the options available, and how to get started.

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Federal Student Loans Review: Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans


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Federal direct student loans don’t require credit or income to apply. They are the most widely used college lending option.

Federal PLUS Loan Review

Federal PLUS loans let graduate students and parent borrowers fill tuition gaps not covered by other types of financial aid.

College Ave Reviews: Private Student Loans and Student Loan Refinancing

College Ave offers private student loans with multiple repayment options and lets borrowers refinance at any repayment term between five and 20 years.

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The student debt crisis

Learn the history behind the rising cost of college and how 43 million Americans landed with student loan debt.

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Student loans FAQ

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