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Many students take on a mix of financial aid to pay for college, and prioritization is crucial.

The 4 types of financial aid, ranked from most to least desirable

The US Department of Education has a guideline for financial aid: Accept free money first and always take federal loans before private loans.

A college graduate with $30,000 in debt fled the US to avoid paying back his student loans

Chad Albright, 39, left the US for China in 2011, four years after graduating from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennslyvania.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announces that he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for president during a rally in the old Studebaker car factory on April 14, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana.

Democratic presidential candidates are introducing ambitious plans to get more Americans into college without adding to the $1 trillion mountain of st...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced an ambitious $1.25 trillion plan to forgive most student loan debt and provide universal college free college.
Getting a student loan for college often starts before acceptance letters even go out.

How to get a student loan for college or grad school

The first step to getting a federal student loan is filling out the FAFSA to find out whether you qualify for need-based financial aid.

People are fleeing the US to keep from paying off their student loans

Some students are fleeing the US for countries such as India and Japan to keep from paying student loans.
Melanie Lockert.

6 strategies I used to pay off $81,000 in student loans

After years of paying the minimum on her student loans, she decided to get serious about paying off her debt, and implemented the debt avalanche.
Smith gave the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on May 19, 2019.

A look at the life of Robert F. Smith, the billionaire investor paying off student loans who owns homes in Malibu and NYC, and married a former Playbo...

Robert F. Smith is the CEO of Vista Equity Partners. His grant to the class of 2019 at Morehouse College is reportedly estimated at $40 million.

A billionaire’s surprise vow to pay Morehouse graduates’ loans is part of the newest trend in the student-debt crisis

Robert F. Smith surprised this year's Morehouse College grads by promising to pay off their student debt. He is not the first billionaire to do this.
Claire O'Berry with her husband, Terry

68 and $79,000 in the hole: Here’s what life is like for 4 senior citizens who are still paying off college loans

Four senior citizens spoke to INSIDER about still having college debt into old age.
For anyone looking to pay off student loans faster, there's at least one clear solution.

Here’s exactly how much time and money you can shave off your student loans by paying $100 more each month

You can pay off student loans faster and save money on interest by increasing your monthly payment by as little as $100.