Student loans are borrowed funds that must be repaid. Loans for financing education are available from a variety of programs, including:
Subsidized Stafford Loans: available to students who meet financial requirements and are attending school at least part time. The government pays the interest from the time students get the loan money until up to six months after they leave school.
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans: available to any student regardless of financial need, but the student pays the interest while in school, and after leaving college
Perkins Loans: administered by colleges; for students with exceptional financial need
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