Video: What You Need To Know About Loans

Heading to college this fall? Now is the time to plan how you’re going to pay your college bills this year.

Are you considering a student loan to help you cover your costs? Make sure to give it careful thought before signing the loan agreement.

Student loans may seem complicated. But like all loans, what you end up owing is based on three factors:

  • Your interest rate
  • Your payback time
  • Your total amount borrowed


It’s important to understand these factors before you take out your first loan. Each factor can have a big impact on how much you end up paying over the life of the loan.

Watch this video from the nonprofit College Money Matters to see how these three elements come together to determine just how much you will owe over time. 



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