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Saving and Paying for College

It’s the American dream … going to college! Giving yourself the opportunity to succeed is a natural goal. You know it’s going to take money … a lot of money! So how do you make it happen? At ESL we’ve taken the time to think it through so you can!

Investing in your education can only brighten your future. Higher education can open the door to a world of opportunity. In recent years, the cost of attending a public university has risen nearly 51%. Saving a little at a time will make a big difference. The earlier you start the better!

Things to know

  • Before receiving financial aid (loans, grants, or scholarships), you will be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • 529 plans are a great way to save for future educational needs.
  • There are many payment options including savings, grants, scholarships, federal Stafford loans, parent loans, and private loans.
  • Subsidized loans do not charge interest while you are in school – unsubsidized loans do.
  • An ESL Home Equity Line of Credit can help you bridge gaps in covering your costs.