Lauren Ward is a personal finance writer covering student loans, credit, investing, and more. In addition to writing for BestColleges, her work has been featured on a variety of platforms, including The Balance, Money Under 30, and Her Money. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children.
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What to Know About Grad PLUS Loans
A grad PLUS loan can turn your grad school dreams into reality. Find out who's eligible and what costs to expect.
What Is a Coverdell ESA?
A Coverdell ESA is a tax-advantaged account to help families save for future education expenses. Find out whether it's right for you.
What to Do When Your Parents Refuse to Fill Out the FAFSA
Parents or guardians must submit documentation with the FAFSA. Here's what to do when they refuse to help.
What Happens to Student Loans When You Drop Out?
Dropping out impacts your financial aid — including student loans. Find out what happens to student loans if you withdraw from college.