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How to Pay for College - Scholarships, Loans, Financial Aid & the FAFSA

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There are many types of student financial aid for college, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study, and it can be earned at the federal, state, or institution level. For more information on college costs and financial aid, check out the links and articles below.

Financial Aid Q & A: Special Situations

These questions and answers from students in particular circumstances may provide helpful financial aid information for your own situation....

Financial Aid Countdown: Senior Year

If you did your homework as a junior, then you're already way ahead! Use your research to compare options and find the best school at the best price. Just...

Financial Aid Q & A: The Basics

Have questions about financial aid? This group of questions and answers covers the basic information you need about college costs, campus work, need-based...

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Ask the Experts: College Scholarships

Read actual questions from students about college scholarships and see answers and advice from college planning and admissions experts....

Four Unique Scholarships from Peterson's Scholarship Search

There are a huge number of interesting scholarships available today, available for everything from academic excellence to unique skills and hobbies. Let's...

Understanding Athletic College Scholarships

Receiving an offer for an athletic college scholarship can be a tremendous help as you determine how you’ll pay for college. However, it’s...

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Ask the Experts: College Financial Aid

Read actual questions from students about college financial aid and see answers and advice from college planning and admissions experts....

Are College Prices Really Going Up?

Are college prices really going up? We hear about it all the time, but the actual information might startle you....

Residency: Its Impact on Tuition Price and College Financial Aid

There are legitimate reasons why public universities charge higher tuition to students from out of state....

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College Financial Aid Assistance for Students with Disabilities

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), your access to vocational rehabilitation and educational opportunities is guaranteed. So, in addition...

State-Sponsored College Financial Aid Programs

When researching college financial aid, you want to consider all of your options. That includes financial aid opportunities close to home. There are some...

College Financial Aid from State Higher Education Agencies

When researching college financial aid, don't forget to look close to home. For opportunities in your area, a great place to start is your state's higher...

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Military Veterans Scholarships and Education Benefits Programs

The military offers you the opportunity to learn valuable job skills and to make money, and as a service veteran, you may be able to get some help with...

Tuition Assistance and Scholarships for Military Veterans

Beyond GI Bill assistance, there are additional education benefits and scholarships available for veterans of active military service. You may or may not...

Getting ROTC Scholarships for College

Scores of incoming students are unaware that the military is a source of financial aid to the tune of about $1 billion each year. The military provides...

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Federal Student Aid and Work-Study Awards

Work-study opportunities won't pay for everything, but they can take a bite out of your school bill and offer you an opportunity to gain valuable experience....

Independent Status and Federal Student Aid

When it comes to federal financial aid, however, the word "independent" is used a little differently....

Federal Student Aid for Online Learning Programs

On average, people with undergraduate and graduate degrees make more money than those without them. However, getting back into school may seem like an...

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An Overview of the FAFSA and the Application Process

There's a lot of federal money available to help you pay for school, but you can't be considered for any of it until you complete a Free Application for...

An Overview of the CSS PROFILE

When determining a student's eligibility for a financial aid award, each college makes its own determination about using only the Free Application for...

FAFSA Rules: You Can't Win If You Don't Play

What is meant by "You can't win if you don't play"? Simply put, if you want a financial aid award from the federal or state government, you must submit...

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College Financial Planning Calculator

When it comes to saving for college, it pays to plan ahead. The College Financial Planning Calculator available in Peterson's StudentEdge helps you estimate...

The Pros and Cons of Using a 529 Plan to Save for College

Before you invest in any type of college savings plan, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages that it provides. The information below may...

The 529 Plan Provides Several Options to Save for College

We won't presume to tell you how to invest your money since we're not certified financial planners, but we can offer insight into one college-savings option:...

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The World of Private Student Loans: Alternative Financing Options

For many families today, regular financial aid programs come up short in meeting the tuition bill each semester. Rather than using savings, many families...

The Reality of the College Loan

Student loan debt—whether from federal or private student loans—is often a reality for students who are pursuing a higher education....

The College Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers

Have you heard of the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program? If you qualify for this federally sponsored program, you can have up to $17,500 of your student...

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Colleges you might like...

St. Mary's University
San Antonio, TX
  • Type Private
  • Setting Urban
  • Size 2,393 students
  • In-State $24,520
  • Out-of-State $24,520
  • Acceptance Moderately Difficult
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St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY
  • Type Private
  • Setting Small
  • Size 1,826 students
  • In-State $29,510
  • Out-of-State $29,510
  • Acceptance Moderately Difficult
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Arcadia University
Glenside, PA
  • Type Private
  • Setting Suburban
  • Size 2,453 students
  • In-State $36,150
  • Out-of-State $36,150
  • Acceptance Moderately Difficult
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