Pay for College

Explore college costs and plan how you'll pay for your degree or certificate.

Survival Tips For Life After College

What you need to survive life after college

If you just graduated from college, you're probably wondering about your next steps. Like college itself, the transition to life after school takes careful planning. This short guide suggests how to lay the foundation for success post-graduation, including anticipating your expenses and understanding your repayment plan options. Complete each activity below and you'll be off to a great start.

Create a spending plan
Know what you can afford to pay for expenses, including student loans.

Obtain a complete list of your loans and loan servicers
Locate a list of your loans and loan servicers along with loan servicer contact information online through the National Student Loan Data System, or NSLDS.

  • Log in to NSLDS, using the personal identification number, or FSA ID, you used to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Estimate repayment with each plan
Calculate what you might pay with each repayment plan, including plans that take into account your ability to pay. AIE recommends that you use the U.S. Department of Education Repayment Estimator to compare repayment options.

Draft a resume and cover letter
Create a resume and cover letter that helps land you that first job of your career.

Know your credit score and/or credit report
Learn the basics of credit so that you can establish good credit, the cornerstone of borrowing and your financial health.

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