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    Ten ways to lower tuition costs

    College Costs

    Ten ways to lower tuition costs

    These tips from Discover Student Loans can help you reduce tuition costs. After maximizing free financial aid, learn how to lower college tuition costs.

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    College Costs

    Does it Pay to Stay in State?

    It is a common belief that out-of-state tuition can be more expensive than in-state tuition. Check out which states offer affordable costs to attend state schools.

    FAFSA® mistakes to avoid when applying for financial aid

    Financial Aid

    FAFSA® mistakes to avoid when applying for financial aid

    Avoid common FAFSA mistakes with Discover Student Loans. Learn how many schools you can list, whether to include Social Security, and more to help you fill out the FAFSA correctly.

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    Financial Aid

    Your ultimate guide to the FAFSA®

    Learn what the FAFSA is and how filling it out early can benefit you and your finances as you prepare for college financial aid and student loans.

    Financial Aid

    The Award Letter

    Award letters are sent from the schools where you are accepted and details how much financial aid you will receive. Discover Student Loans explains what to expect.

    The student loan process: Your guide to applying for federal and private loans

    College Loans

    The student loan process: Your guide to applying for federal and private loans

    Learn how to apply for federal and private student loans. Discover Student Loans explains how the two application processes differ.

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    Helpful terms to know

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    Financial Aid Package

    The total amount of monetary assistance the student can receive including all grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans available from school, state, and federal programs, as listed in a college's financial aid award letter. It does not include private student loans.

    Private Student Loan

    A student loan that is not guaranteed by the federal government. This loan is offered by banks and other lenders to supplement other financial aid and help students meet the full cost of an education.

    Interested in private student loans?

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