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How Much Should You Pay For College: Shifting Attitudes On The Cost Of Higher Ed

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It's the time of year when students and their families navigate financial decisions, and the loans, grants, and bills associated. We ask how the rising cost of higher education and increased focus on student loan debt is changing the conversation, and we'll get an update on federal policy.  

GUESTS:

New Hampshire Resources for Students and Parents:

The Granite Guarantee is a financial aid program from the University System of NH that covers the cost of tuition for qualified students to UNH, Keene State, and Plymouth State. 

Running Start Dual Enrollment through the Community College System of NH allows students to take courses at a reduced price that qualify for college credit. 

New Hampshire Scholars is a community-based program that works with local businesses to create a recommended Core Course of Study in high school to help them better prepare for higher education and the workforce. 

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation offers scholarships totaling over $5.5 million each year. 

National Resources for Students and Parents:

The Federal Student Aid website has a Repayment Plan resource page that explains different repayment options for federal loans. 

The College Scorecard compares schools to one another and national averages to help families evaluate options. 

The College Navigator also provides information about tuition and fees for schools, as well as loan default rates and use of financial aid. 

Paying For College from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allows students to compare schools and input financial award information.