Paying for College - Tips for Parents on Grants, Scholarships and Student Loans

Do you have a child who will be graduating high school in the next couple of years? or even next year? Then now is time for you and your college bound student to start thinking about how to pay for college if you haven't thought about it already. With the rising cost of college tuition, the sooner you start planning how you will pay for college, the less worries you might have when it is finally time to actually make those tuition payments.

Pell Grants

Pell grants are the first type of aid you will apply for. This simply requires that you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is usually the first step in applying for student loans and no one should avoid it. Once the application is sent in, it is evaluated and if you qualify for a Pell grant, you will get the full amount of what you qualify for. You need to do nothing further but supply the names of the schools your student will be applying for or has gotten into.


There are several ways to pay for college. The first and most advantageous is to pay for college with scholarships. College scholarships are not only about academics. Students can qualify for a multitude of college scholarships for a variety of reasons. Academics is one of the most obvious. A good student with top grades will generally qualify for many scholarships that are based on the student's GPA or class standing. Other qualifications are primarily based on what the student actually does outside of school. If they participate in community service work, there are many scholarships available because this type of work shows a strong commitment to community involvement. This hold the same for membership in a social group. Sports involvement is another that may qualify a student for a scholarship. If you have a student who is not only gets top grades, but also is involved in sports and community service, the number of college scholarships available is astounding and your student should take advantage of everyone possible available. Free college scholarship searches are available to assist in finding the appropriate college scholarship.

Student Loans for Parents

Another less advantageous method of paying for college is to take our a student loan for parents. These are called PLUS loans and allow parents to borrow the entire cost of an undergraduate education including tuition, room and board, supplies, lab fees and any other costs not covered by any other aid in the form of scholarships and grants the student may qualify for. Additionally, these loans do not require collateral as a home equity loan would. So you don't have to worry about putting up the house to pay for college. Lastly, PLUS loans can be consolidated under a variety of repayment plans with a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan, and low monthly payments.

Student Loans

Student loans are similar to the PLUS loans with the exception that they are given to the student and not the parent. The interest rates are usually a little lower than the PLUS loans, but the responsibility of repayment lies with the student and not the parent. The benefit of student loans over PLUS loans, is that some of the loan is subsidized, which means interest does not accrue until the student drops below half time or finishes school. It is also guaranteed that the student will qualify for a student loan.

So if you haven't started searching for ways to pay for college, I recommend that you do immediately. In the long run, your early start to looking for ways to pay for college, will reduce your overall costs.

The author of this article runs Opinedmind.com and is a Ph.D student with vast experience in the issues of finding sources to pay for college. To read more on ways to finance college and to find free scholarship search resources, go to http://www.opinedmind.com/student-financial-aid/student-financial-aid.php

For more information on how to make money, manage your money or save money, go to Opinedmind.com - Money solutions

Find articles and resources that will help you gain control over your finances.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kelley_Kilansk


Related Articles by Labels

Widget by Hoctro

Spread the Word

AddThis Social Bookmark Button