CHARLESTON -- West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw on Wednesday launched a website aimed at arming students and parents with information about student loans.
The site, called “Know Before You Owe,” can be found at www.projectstudentaid.com. McGraw said at a press conference Wednesday the site is designed as a roadmap through the entire student aid process. It also helps students prioritize different types of aid so they can avoid the burdens of student debt after college.
"This site brings it all together in one place," McGraw said during Wednesday's press conference.
The site also helps students research their college choices. Online calculators help consumers compare prices of several schools side-by-side, and students are warned to find out whether a college is accredited.
“Don’t take their word for it,” McGraw said. “Do your research on the accrediting organization to see if it’s one you can trust.”
The website also warns consumers against scams.
“There are lending groups out there taking advantage of students who are only trying to better themselves,” McGraw said. “This is to provide students and parents with the tools to ask the right questions before signing on the dotted line.”
The site also provides sections specific to “non-traditional” students as well as service members and veterans.