Like every industry (probably worse than most industries) finance throws around terms and expects you to keep up or fall behind. This is LSD's attempt to cut through some of the noise and help you understand the terms they will throw at you when you try to borrow money a public (U.S. Government) or private (any lender or bank) loan.
I am the half of LSD that didn't take the LSAT, or go to law school (Sorry about that). But I did go to MIT business school while surrounded by law students and lawyers, so I am somewhat qualified to talk about the intricacies of law school apps and finances.
Windsor (the dog) didn't write this but he WAS a Resident Tutor and career advisor at Harvard College with me, so deserves some credit.