It’s always a pleasure to talk to the WCCO team. I would like to share a couple of things that we did not have a chance to cover.
- Students should always utilize subsidize Federal loans (Stafford or Perkins). Why? There is no accruing of interest during the duration of their education and the first payment is not due until 3-6 months after graduation.
- Regarding private loans, they should be used as a last resort. If they need to utilize one, always shop around. There could be some good terms out there.
Ron Ramsdell, the founder of College Aid Consulting Services, says every student’s situation is different, but you can certainly borrow too much. “The key is families need to plan ahead.” He said families need to consider a few things like the real cost of college, how much money a student can get in scholarships and gifts, how much parents can and will help, the amount of assets from other family members like grandparents and a student’s starting salary upon graduation.