Paying for post-secondary education: Explained

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New roommates, classmates, courses, clubs, assignments. Back to school can be overwhelming—especially when the cost of your classes equals a minor fortune.

Post-secondary is an investment in your future—but where does that money come from? To help answer that question, we prepared three guides to help you navigate the world of large loans and make paying for school an achievable goal.

Student Loans Explained

Whether you’re just thinking about post-secondary education or you’re half-way through your degree, student loans can help make your tuition payments manageable. But if you feel like a fish out of water when people talk about student loans, don’t worry. We’ve got your back.

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Student Loans vs. Student Line of Credit

You’ve heard of student loans, but have you heard of a student line of credit? What’s the difference? Who can apply? When do you have to pay it back? If you find yourself asking any of these questions, don’t sweat it. We took notes so you can focus on your next assignment.

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Budgeting Worksheet

If you find yourself dipping into the student loan to buy your textbooks—we support you. If you find yourself dipping into the student loan to purchase a trip over Reading Week or wings at your campus pub—we might shade you. Either way, if you’re going to make it last, you’re going to need to budget it out. We’ve got just the cheat sheet you need to get started.

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Looking to save for your studies and not sure where to start? If you have any additional questions about budgeting for post-secondary education, reach out to your local credit union to learn more.