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Student Loan OptionsThere has been a great deal written about rising student loan debt. According to the Institute for Student Access and Success, the average student debt in 2011 was $26,600. In 2010, it was reported that the average debt parents were taking on to support their students was approaching $35,000. Thus, one could argue that the real debt per family for four years of college is now averaging more than $60,000.

I do not recommend taking on excessive loan debt. The following ten loan options, when used wisely, can make it possible to take on manageable debt to help you pay for college.

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Family talking about college finances

Here is something that baffles me. Let’s assume that your son or daughter is one of the best basketball players in the country. You probably know what happens when your child possesses that gift: colleges come calling, willing to offer scholarships if the student chooses their school. Generally, student athletes end up choosing the college that provides the most attractive scholarship offer.

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When we discuss college costs, we need to understand what “cost” actually means.

Officially, colleges list a cost of attendance, what I call sticker price, which includes tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. Families don’t pay the sticker price, though, so don’t get a case of sticker shock when you start looking at colleges.

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Figuring out what you can afford to pay for college is the first step in helping your child attend college without having to take on excessive student loans or burdening your family with unreasonable debt.

The best way to start thinking about college costs and affordability is to assess what you can afford by looking at such factors as tax credits, cash flow, any savings available beyond an emergency fund, and reasonable parent borrowing.

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A new survey finds American families are willing to increase their student loans or debt, or take on a second job or sell a car, so their children can attend college. This mind-set prevails despite the fact that student loan debt has taken on crisis proportions topping $1 trillion.

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