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Paying for College Fees

Nov 14, 2007
It is nearly impossible for anyone to attend college these days without having to rely on some form of credit and financial aid. The cost of college has skyrocketed over the last few decades and without credit in the form of student loans many people simply would not be able to attend. The costs would be too prohibitive.

Even though the costs of attending college are high, the new global markets and other high paying job opportunities all but demand that a college degree be obtained. This article discusses some ways to ease the burden of paying for college.

Saving and borrowing are the two most common ways of getting money for college. Here are some tips on how you can do both in an effective way.

You can consider using Education IRAs:

These savings vehicles can be an excellent choice for saving for college but they work best when they are started early. Some of the features they offer include: Penalty-free withdrawals as long as the money is used for higher-education expenses for yourself, your spouse, a child, or grandchild. These IRAs allow for qualified expenses. These include tuition, fees, and room and board for postsecondary education and that includes graduate school. The tax advantages of IRAs make them an excellent place to begin saving for an education but, again, they need to be started early so that they have time to grow.

There are many state tuition savings programs available. Many states have tax-advantaged college savings programs that you can join and participate in. They offer nationwide participation which means you can use them no matter where you live. They are also very flexibility. You can open an account for a child, grandchild, or other young person. Best of all there are no limits, which means there are no annual limits to the amount you can contribute.

You may also wish to use home equity loans. With this type of loan you use the equity in your home to help finance the costs. There are some advantages to this. For example, the interest can be tax deductible, and the money is yours to use for any school you choose.

Some of the most popular options are the various student loans that are available. Student loans usually have lower interest rates and the interest can be tax deductible with some restrictions. There are a variety of student loans available. Some of the more well known include: Stafford loans, which are subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans. Private loans, which are very useful when federal loans are not enough to cover costs.

Student loans have to be repaid, of course, and there are many options open for students and parents for doing this. A standard repayment is the principal and interest payments divided into equal monthly installments throughout the repayment period. Another option is to consolidate the loans. This type of payment option will combine all eligible federal loans into a single new loan with a single monthly payment. Then there are the graduated repayment options. These offer smaller payments at the beginning of the repayment term which gradually increase over time. It is supposed that as you begin to go to work and make your career you will be able to pay the higher rate.
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