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Here are some resources to get you started: FastWeb Scholarship Search College Board Fund Finder Scholarships.com LLC and Scholarship Search Sites Owned by Education Lenders scholarship central Award Database Next Student Scholarship Experts Broke Scholar College Data Wintergreen/Orchard House Scholarship Database College NET Mach25 and College View scholarship directory. 5. Military Student Aid is another valuable resource that offers exceptional scholarship opportunities: US Armed Forces Recruiting Programs Financial Aid for Veterans and their Dependents Veterans and the FAFSA HEROES Act of 2003 Books about Military Scholarships and Financial Aid for Veterans. Additional information can be found in the Education section of the Military.com web site.
3. Only Consider Student Loans with The Best Terms - Remember the lower the interest rates the lower the loan which means the less you have to repay: Federal Perkins Loans Stafford Loans: Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELD) and Federal Direct Student Loan Program (FDSLP) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The Federal Parent PLUS Loans for Undergraduates Students (PLUS) Program Graduate and Professional Student PLUS Loans (PLUS). 4. Scholarships and Grants - Undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowships are excellent aids to assist students in paying for their education. Unlike loans scholarships and fellowships can be considered free money since it does not have to be repaid. Thousands of scholarships and fellowships from thousands of sponsors give out every year.
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With the unemployment rate soaring toward 10 percent and the average starting salary for college graduates down 2.2 percent this year student loan borrowers - whose average debt from student loans tops $22000 - are now having an even tougher time affording their student loan payments. The good news? Starting July 1 2009 graduates with federal college loans may be able to qualify for a new government program that can reduce the monthly payments on their student loans based on their income. Income-Based Repayment for Federal Student Loans The income-based repayment program created by Congress in 2007 as part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act will cap a borrowers monthly student loan payments at a percentage of her or his income when the borrowers income is at least 50 percent higher than the current federal poverty line for the borrowers family size.
For borrowers who are on the governments income-based repayment plan any outstanding federal college loans can be discharged prior to full repayment if the borrower has made her or his monthly loan payments for 25 years. Borrowers who go to work for the government or the public sector can have their federal college loans forgiven after 10 years. Federal college loans can also be forgiven in the event the borrower dies or becomes permanently disabled. Non-federal private student loans on the other hand arent required to offer any of these payment-deferment or discharge provisions. It is at the lenders discretion whether to offer a struggling borrower deferred or lower monthly loan payments and even whether to discharge the private student loan upon the borrowers death or permanent disability.