One of the worst decisions that a person can make when going to college is to take out too many college loans. They are easy to get and people can forget that later on, years or months later, they will have to pay them back. One of the things that accrue is interest. Here is a way to avoid paying a substantial portion of the interest.When you go to get college funding, you will have many options. One of them is to apply for the Pell Grant which is generally given to all people that are at a lower income level. As long as you apply on time; you can get most or all of this funding.If you do not qualify, your next best choice is to apply for scholarships. These are popular and useful, but can take a great deal of time to complete. The forms tend to be lengthy and most people do not have the patience to get them done and send them in for evaluation.For those that need funding, but cannot get any right away, you can take out student loans. These are very handy. You walk into the financial aid office, and if you have completed the FAFSA on time, they will automatically know how much you will be eligible for.The problem is that once you take out the loans, you do not realize that the interest, usually around 8%, is going to start to accrue as soon as you are out of school and sometimes even before.The best way to save you thousands of dollars over time is to pay off the small amounts of interest that can be paid off early. This way, that money does not compound over time.You will get these statements in the mail every month. Once you receive them, send in the few dollars that they are asking for. This way, you are up to date and your principle amount will remain the same.Over all, there are many better choices than taking out a student loan, but if you are forced to, then make sure that you take care of the interest before it makes the amount you owe too large to handle once repayment begins.