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By information.com — Published September 19, 2017
A student loan is a loan taken to pay off expenses related to higher education, such as college tuition, books and on-campus housing.
Start off by understanding the cost of attendance (CoA) that includes the full costs of attending a particular university, including transportation and personal expenditure. Determine how much you can afford to pay or the amount your parents are willing to pay, and fund the rest with a student loan.
What kind of student loans are available?
Government loans: Federal student loans have low interest rates but they may not cover all your expenses and impose a limit on how much can borrow. Many are intended for low-income families, though there are quite a few that don't consider your financial situation.
How do you get a student loan from the government? First understand if you meet basic federal eligibility requirements and the type of aid you can potentially receive by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. After your application is processed, you will get a financial aid offer from your university, which you can accept or reject.
There are three types of federal student loans: direct subsidized loans linked to financial needs; direct unsubsidized loans not linked to financial need and not based on your credit or your parents'; and direct PLUS loans, which are unsubsidized loans based on your or your parents' credit.
Private student loans: You can apply for a private student loan at a bank of financial institution offline or online. It is often co-signed by a parent or a credit-worthy well-wisher. A parent loan is another option where a parent or credit-worthy individual takes out a loan to finance your college education.
What to keep in mind when applying for student loans online: