Thinking about paying for college? Where do you start?

  • If you have several years before your child attends college, consider a College Savings Plan. Learn more about 529 plans.
  • Your student may need a combination of grants, scholarships, work-study programs and loans to pay for college. Begin by searching for scholarships, and you can start here at SunTrust.
  • Figure out exactly how much money you'll need. Our financial aid tools can help.
  • Find out what's available in federal education loans for students and parents. Through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program (FDSLP) you may qualify for loans that provide attractive repayment terms and rates, regardless of your family's financial need.
  • If you can't cover all college expenses through federal student loans, look into private student loan options from SunTrust; compare options offered by SunTrust.
  • If your student is applying for a private student loan, consider helping as a cosigner. Adding a creditworthy cosigner may help them qualify and also obtain a lower interest rate.
  • If you have any type of property, it might make sense to explore other loan options for getting the money you need for tuition.

Paying for college can be a challenge. SunTrust can help navigate the options.

  • Money Management

    Before you look into paying for your college expenses, it's important to know how much money you'll need. Our money management resources, tools, and budgeting tips can help.

  • Financial Aid Tools

    Use our college tuition guide and step-by-step guide to paying for college for planning advice on how to avoid getting too over-burdened with debt before you've earned a degree.

  • Scholarships & Grants

    Before you get a loan, we encourage you to try getting scholarships and grants first. Our list of online resources can help. You can also register for the SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes (see Official Rules for details).