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How to Score a Loan for College

Anne Tergesen/BusinessWeek

With lenders dropping out of the business due to credit-crunch stress, students and their parents should study up on these options…


Families struggling to pay for college need all the help they can get. With lenders who are spooked by the credit crunch abandoning the business, borrowers seeking loans for the coming academic year may encounter problems, including higher interest rates on some loans, and lenders that balk at lending to any but the most credit-worthy.

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