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Key Steps to Take as Your Student Loan Grace Period is Ending

Your student loan vacation period is over and it’s time to get back to work, now that your student loan grace period is coming to an end. The student loan grace period starts after you graduate (or drop below half-time enrollment) and typically lasts for six months after your college graduation.

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Everything you need to know about Parent PLUS Loans

If you're a parent considering a PLUS loan to help pay for your child's education, read on for everything you need to know first.

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Student Loan Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment

Federal student loan borrowers who are undergoing active treatment for cancer may defer repaying their Federal Direct student loans for the duration of treatment and for 6 months afterward. Interest does not accrue on any Federal Direct student loans during the active cancer treatment deferment, not even on unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford loans.

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Cancer Scholarships

More than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. An even greater number of parents of college-age children die of cancer. Cancer is a source of stress on a family, both financial and non-financial. Cancer drains family resources that otherwise could help send their children to college. Cancer scholarships can help alleviate some of that stress.

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When it comes to 529 plans, parents just don't understand

A study from Fidelity shows more parents are saving for college than ever before, but they are still confused about how 529 savings plans work. By missing out on these key benefits, including federal (and sometimes state) tax savings, and favorable financial aid treatment, they could be leaving money on the table.

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