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Saving for College

Getting Started - College

Wondering how to handle college expenses?

We're sharing knowledge that could mean money in the bank.

There’s no disputing the value of a college education. But with dramatically rising prices, finding suitable ways to finance college expenses has become much more challenging. 

Learn how you can explore a range of potential opportunities that can make college more attainable and affordable — from tax-advantaged savings accounts to proven advice on ways to seek out scholarships, grants, financial aid and educational loans.


  • Student Loans
    Student Loans - General information
    With college tuition costs growing quickly, the Smart Option Student Loan through ALEC and Sallie Mae offers financing that can bridge the gap when paying for college. Learn more.
  • Student Visa®
    Student Visa
    ALEC offers two types of Visa® Cards for college students. The Student Select™ Visa® features a competitive low APR and the Student Select™ Rewards Visa® lets you earn points to use towards and merchandise. Learn more.
  • Auto Loans
    Student Auto Loans
    The car-buying process can seem intimidating, so let ALEC help make it easier for you. With ALEC's great auto loan rates and TrueCar® Auto Buying Service, we can help you find the right car for you. Learn more.
  • How to Smartly Save for College
    Save Money For College Or For Retirement
    College costs have surged in the past several decades about as fast as any expenses families face. Learn more.
  • Managing Post-Graduation Debt
    Managing Post-Graduation Debt
    Remember how good it felt to get accepted into your college of choice, and, eventually, receive that degree for which you worked so hard? Now comes the hard part - paying back the loans that enabled you to set sail on your career. Learn more.
  • Save Money for College or for Retirement
    Save Money For College Or For Retirement
    This question may seem baffling, on its face. But experts have reduced it to the following: You can borrow for your child's college education, but you cannot borrow for your retirement. Learn more.
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