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How Much You’ll Really Pay for That Student Loan

Those who graduate college with student loans owe close to $30,000 on average, according to the most recent data from the Institute for College Access & Success. But they’ll likely repay thousands more than that because of interest. One key to limiting interest cost is choosing the right repayment plan. The bottom line? Opting for Read more >

4 Ways to Pay for College If Your Financial Aid Isn’t Enough

For 61% of students, college costs more than they expected, according to a recent survey from College Ave Student Loans conducted by Barnes & Noble College Insights. Yoselin Guzman, an 18-year-old UCLA freshman from Compton, California, can see why. “There’s like little costs you don’t even see,” says Guzman, noting how expensive dorm items, books Read more >

How to Start a Business While Paying Off Student Loans

For many entrepreneurs, starting a business means more purpose, flexibility, freedom and control at work. But when student loans take up a big portion of your budget, that dream may be harder to achieve. The median monthly student loan bill among those in repayment is $222, according to data retrieved by Student Loan Hero. That Read more >

Student Loan Benefits for Service Members

It’s estimated that there are 1.3 million active-duty service members and more than 800,000 in reserves. To show appreciation for the sacrifices made by these men and women, the Department of Education has put into place several benefits, including those that relate to repayment of student loans. The Department of Defense announced a new policy in April Read more >

What Happens to Student Loans if You Move Abroad?

The opportunity to live and work abroad can lead to some memorable life experiences and potential career advancement, but it can also include some challenges when student loans are involved. Although there is no specific tally from official sources, it is estimated that there are roughly 9 million Americans who live and work outside of the U.S. Based Read more >

Can You Pay Student Loans With 529 Plan Funds?

FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1996, 529 college savings plans offer parents a way to save for college expenses for a designated beneficiary. They are exempt from federal taxes and some states offer special tax benefits as well. And yet, studies show fewer than 1 in 5 people have a 529 plan. With the growing number of people facing student Read more >

Who is the NFCC?

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) is the nation's first and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving people's financial well-being.

NFCC members help millions of consumers like you through community-based offices located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Each NFCC member agency has earned our seal by adhering to high standards and ethical practices designed to help you achieve financial stability.

Funding for operations and services comes from an ever-changing combination of federal, state and local government grants, as well as donations from financial industry participants and private donors.

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