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Think Twice About Student Loans

Jan 31, 2008
Before you decide to sign a good portion of your life away by getting a loan to go to college, you really want to explore and at least consider other options. Depending on how much money you need to go to school, you may end up having to take out several college loans and these can really start to pile up if you continue on to graduate school to keep studying. The amount that you have to start repaying after you finally graduate can really be overwhelming. Try to think about how much money you are really likely to make after you graduate and make sure you are going to be able to afford the loan payments every month. If you get your masters degree or a PhD, it is very possible that your debt could extend into 6 digits.

Try looking for scholarships, work studies, and grants from the school that you are going to. Enter scholarship contests related to your field. Some of these scholarships offer a considerable amount of money while others may offer only a few hundred dollars. If you are good at what you do, it is likely that you will win at least one of these scholarships and if you really have potential, you may win several. No harm in trying, right?

Grants are a one time contribution to your college fund that you can get from a business, an organization, or the college or university that you wish to attend that you will not have to repay once you graduate. Once the money is handed to you, it is yours to do as you see fit, although most associations or businesses that give grants require you to prove that you are going to college and sometimes will require that you prove that you are studying a specific field.

And do not forget the old faithful tradition of working while you are in school. Juggling all those classes and a job at the same time may be stressful, but there are a large number of people who have had to do it and benefited from it in the long run because it taught them a lot about self discipline. So, before you think about applying for a student loan, consider the other options that are available to you. You are likely to come out much better for it in the end. Who really wants to be up to their eyeballs in debt after they graduate college, anyway?
About the Author
Dror Klar is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of cash advances and payday loans, particularly in the state of Oregon.
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