Say you got accepted into a college. You filled out FAFSA, CSS Profile, have outside scholarships, and scholarships from the school, and they subtract that from your tuition. If you still have tuition left over, what do you do? Do you use student loans?
Also, if you have to pay for tuition before going to the school, what if all the above(FAFSA, CSS Profile, outside scholarships, and scholarships from the school) still doesn't cover it all?
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If you still have tuition left over, that means you have to pay that amount. You could get help from your parents, pay out of your own pocket, or, as you said, get a student loan. Sometimes financial aid doesn't cover everything, which means that you or your family will have to be the one to pay for the rest.
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