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.

College Financial Aid

Earning financial aid for college can make the difference for being able to attend the college of your choice. You'll want to make sure that you've undertaken...

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....

College Loan Types

One option for helping to pay for your higher education is to pursue a college loan. This isn't always the right option, but it can be a good alternative...

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....


College Savings Plan

Going to college is going to cost a lot of money, and to deal with those costs, students and parents may want to create college savings plans ahead of...

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:...

College Scholarships

Scholarships can be a great way to make some money towards your college education by doing whatever it is that you're good at, whether it's academics,...

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...


FAFSA

Plenty of financial aid is available out there, and a lot of it can come from the federal government. The FAFSA is your pathway into receiving some portion...

After the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE: Tips for Considering your Financial Aid Packages

Financial considerations can make or break the decision to go to your first-choice school, but there are some things to consider that may help make you...

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...

Federal Student Aid

Federal student aid is a great resource for helping to make your college education dreams come true, and it's important that you understand how to apply...

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....


ROTC Colleges and Military Financial Aid

If you've gone through ROTC or served in the military, there are some special avenues of financial aid available to you that you'll want to be certain...

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...

State Financial Aid

Many students know about the FAFSA and other sources of financial aid from the federal government, but there are also ways to obtain financial aid for...

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...


Student Financial Aid for College

Looking for, securing, and obtaining financial aid make up some of the most important parts of the college applications process. In the end, it's not just...

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...

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