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Senator Murphy knows that as higher education costs steadily increase, more and more students and families are looking for ways to tackle the costly burden of college tuition, fees, and room-and-board.

Experts suggest the best way to prepare for the costs of higher education is to talk honestly about these obligations and plan ahead. Students or parents seeking information on financial aid, scholarships, grants, prepaid tuition, and loans are encouraged to visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s College Zone website at and the What's Next Illinois website at

On these sites students and parents can learn more about:

Colleges and universities across the country

Creating a college payment plan

Financial aid options

The Bright Start education savings plan

Information about scholarships

Information about loan repayment and federal help

Information on affordable colleges, scholarships, financial aid and more at

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