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6. Know the total cost of borrowing
The new, federally required Application and Solicitation disclosures provide the lowest and highest potential starting interest rates, whether the loan has a fixed or variable interest rate, the interest rate cap (if any), and the total cost of borrowing over the life of the loan. All non-federal college loan lenders must provide this document, so you know exactly what you're applying for.
Use MEFA's loan calculator to figure out the costs of borrowing.