|HOW DO I PREPARE MY CHILD ACADEMICALLY AND/OR FINANCIALLY FOR COLLEGE?
You can help your child make informed decisions about his or her college education.
Find helpful information to prepare your child for college
There are many federal, state, and private educational savings programs. Educational IRA's, prepaid tuition plans, savings bonds and trust plans are just a few of the many ways to prepare for your child's educational expenses. In addition, legislation was passed for the 529 savings plan which is now available in all 50 states.
Find more information regarding these and other educational savings plans
WHERE CAN I APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID?
In order for any student to receive federal financial aid, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed.
Download a FAFSA form
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DEFAULT ON MY FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN?
It is extremely important not to default on any loan, and defaulting on a federal student loan will impact your credit history. Eventually, your wages may be garnished as a result of defaulting on a student loan. However, if you feel you may have to default, or if you are already in default, you should contact your lending company for counseling.
Get more information on loan defaults
WHAT IS LOAN CONSOLIDATION AND AM I ELIGIBLE FOR ONE?
Loan consolidation allows you to combine different types of federal student loans to simplify repayment. Even if you have just one loan, you can also choose to consolidate it. Both the Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL) and Direct Loan Programs offer consolidation loans.
Find more details and to apply online for loan consolidation
HOW CAN CONGRESSMAN CUELLAR'S OFFICE HELP?
If you have an urgent need or can’t get the help you need from these resources, my office may be of assistance. However, I will need your written permission to help with most Department of Education matters. Please click here for a printable version of the privacy authorization form and then fax or mail to the address listed on the form.
San Antonio Office
Rio Grande City Office