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On The Money: Educate yourself on student loans

By Chuck Myers

McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)

Published: Monday, Aug. 12 2013 1:45 p.m. MDT

In this Aug. 9, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama signs the bipartisan bill to cut student loan interest rates in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. While student loans remain one of the best methods to help cover college costs, recent rule changes to the student loan rules, especially involving interest rates, can require more in-depth consideration before taking a loan.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

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Student loans remain one of the best methods to help cover the cost of a higher education. But recent rule changes to the student loan rules, especially involving interest rates, can require more in-depth consideration before taking a loan. The Web offers a range of information about student loan programs. Here is a sampling:

AMERICAN STUDENT ASSISTANCE

www.asa.org/pdfs/borrower/student-loan-survival-guide.pdf

Spotlights the finer points of student loans and student finance, including loan types and budgeting tips, in pdf. form.

FINAID

www.finaid.org/loans/

Contains information on different education funding avenues, both public and private.

STUDENTLOANS.COM

www.studentloans.com

Features a variety of resources on student loan

U.S. SCHOLARSHIP GUIDE

www.usscholarshipguide.org/loans/federal.html

Offers overview of federal student loan programs

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

studentaid.ed.gov

Provides details about how to qualify and how to apply for federal student aid programs.

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