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Who can I talk to about student loans?

You should talk to your school’s financial aid office – they will have information about your federal student loan options. Additionally, you can speak with the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) for information on student loans.

For private student loans, you should shop around at different lenders, including banks, credit unions, or other student loan providers. A good practice is to get quotes from at least three different providers. You might first consult your local credit union or bank, if you or your family holds an account there. You should also consult your school’s financial aid office to learn more about your payment options.

TIP: Do your homework to understand your options. You should shop for various loan options, including beyond those your school provides, and always verify information presented by your school’s financial aid office with lenders.