Being a college student can be tough on the wallet. To keep costs down, you’ve got to squeeze the most from your financial aid package, manage your college money by avoiding hidden fees and charges, shop for the best student loan deals, and then navigate the loan repayment maze after graduation.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can help you understand your options, make smarter choices when paying for college, and start building good credit.
Paying for College
From start to finish, the CFPB can help you make informed financial decisions about paying for college. Our tools can help you compare college costs and financial aid packages. Our tools can also help you choose the right student loan for you, and give you practical advice on managing your college money.
While we can’t give you advice for your exact situation, we can point you in the right direction. Check out our Repay Student Debt tool.
Having trouble with your student loan? File a complaint. We’ll forward your issue to the right people at the company, give you a tracking number, and keep you updated on what’s being done to resolve your problem.
Managing your student cards and checking
Is your school-endorsed debit card really the best way to receive your financial aid? Check out the real costs of receiving scholarship and student loan proceeds on a debit card. Get tips for choosing a bank account.
Get quick answers to financial questions
Can your credit card company consider your age in deciding whether to give you a card? What can you do when a telemarketer takes money from your bank account without your permission? Visit Ask CFPB for real answers to these and other questions about auto loans, bank accounts, credit reports and scores, credit cards, debt collection, and mortgages.