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      Options to fund your education

      If you're thinking about attending college, the deciding factor may be how do you pay for it?

      Facebooker Sean Patrick says loans and scholarships.

      The first step is making sure you fill out your FAFSA that qualifies you for any federal aid. Although the deadline was March 1, it's still not too late.

      Mike Rotundo, the Director of Financial Services at NMU, says there are other places you can look for aid.

      "Many service organizations have scholarships that are available. Maybe even sometimes you have to get a little creative and look outside the box a little at places that students have donated their time to throughout their high school time," said Rotundo.

      Stay clear of giving any website your social security number or any money just to file your financial aid, like Financial Resource Center that's charging students $59.

      Some students may think loans are their best bet. However, experts say stay away from them if possible.

      Facebooker Holly Supa writes: "So many kids are told to max out their student loans because the interest is so low. They're buying cars, computers, and going on vacation."

      If you're a parent, you can prevent this from happening to your child by investing money in a tuition plan as early as possible. Rich Tegge with Wealth Strategy Group suggests the 529 Plan because it's tax exempt.

      "Focus on the 529 Plan because I think it creates the more flexibility. For example, if you have funds saved away for one child and that child doesn't decide to go to college, those dollars can then be transitioned to another child," said Tegge.

      Check out some books on scholarships from a library, but definitely do your research.