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In the wake of rising student loan debt, parents and students are more aware than ever of the cost of higher education and the importance of saving for college.

Many parents invest in tax-advantaged education plans – such as 529 plans or Coverdell Education Savings Accounts – and many students consider cost when making their college choice.

But every now and then plans go awry. Parents sometimes don’t save as much as they wish they had and students sometimes choose a dream school over a better financial aid package. And that’s when private student loans may become a necessity.

Ideally, students should prioritize federal loans – they are cheaper and have better repayment terms – but there are limits to the size of those loans. Should your student reach the federal loan limit, private student loans are an option.

However, make sure you research private student loans before you use them. According to The Wall Street Journal, 25% of families don’t comparison shop for private loans – a potentially costly mistake. Here are some other tips to consider should your young scholar need a private student loan to help cover education costs.

  • Apply for several loans to compare actual interest rates and fees. Just because a loan has the lowest advertised rate doesn’t mean it’s the rate you’ll be offered.
  • Variable-rate loans’ interest rates are just that: variable. Over time, those rates may increase beyond those of a fixed-rate loan.
  • Consider signing up for auto-payments. Many lenders offer interest rate discounts of 0.25% - 0.50% for auto-payment enrollment.

Please speak with your student’s college or university financial aid office for more information about student loans, scholarships and other college funding sources. If you’d like to learn more about 529 college savings plans, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts or other ways to fund your child’s education, contact a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed.

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