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Details You Have To Know About Federal Student Loans

Author : Rachel Fiona


We can all agree that education is very important. However, it can also be quite expensive to attend college or university and earn your degree. If you lack the means to support your education, then you can opt for alternative financing such as federal student loans and scholarships.

The great thing about federal student loans is that it is very easy to apply for. You also have greater chances of being approved and lower interest rates are applied towards your loan. You are not forced to pay immediately after graduation. You can begin paying your loan 6 to 9 months after graduation. You can even ask for a grace period if you don’t get hired immediately after you graduate.

Federal student loans are also generally low compared to any other kind of student or personal loan. It is payable within 10 years which gives people ample time to pay off their existing loan.

There are generally 3 kinds of federal student loans. The most common kinds of loans are the subsidized and unsubsidized student loans. When you say subsidized, this means that the government pays for the interest on your loan while you remain a student. This will continue on until the end of your grace period. With unsubsidized loans, interest builds up over time while you are still earning your degree and under the grace period. After this period is over, you would have to pay the whole amount.

The last kind of student loan is the PLUS loan. In this type of student loan, it is the parents who take out the loan for their children. Repayment of this loan will start 6 months after they have received the loaned money.

Some students may have a hard time looking for grants and scholarships. And the search is only the beginning of your labor. You would have to pass the requirements and compete with other hopeful candidates to get the financing you need for your education. That is why applying for federal student loans is the best option for anyone who wish to enter into a university and earn their degree.

The key to a successful application is applying early. Submit your application months before your college enrolment. Make sure that you use all the resources you see online and fill out the application forms needed for this loan. There are around 3 important forms that you need to submit: The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, Financial Aid Profile form mandated by the College Board, as well as other financial aid forms given by the university.

The forms are not complicated, but you have to be meticulous in filling them out. Also, never provide false information as this could ruin your chances of getting the money to fund your education.


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Always remember that federal student loans are there to help you while you’re still a student; but once you graduate, make sure you think of a plan on the fulfilment of federal student loans repayment. You would be under a lot of risk by not paying them off.

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