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

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. Scholarship search...

 

College Financial Aid: The Financial Aid Award Letter

After you've received your financial aid award letters, you need to know the next steps for each and make a decision. This article can help!...

 

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....

 

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. Find why the price is higher in this article....

 

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...

 

The Reality of the College Loan

Student loan debt is often a reality for students who are pursuing a higher education. Find out more about how to deal with your debt in this article....

 

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

If you're interested in using a 529 plan to build up a college fund for your child, this article can help you in your decision....

 

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 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...

 

College Scholarships: The National Merit Scholarship

If you take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of your junior year, you'll know by the following April if you stand apart from the pack. As a top scorer, you may...

 

The PSAT/NMSQT: Gateway to College Scholarships

Every year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) awards college scholarships to more than 10,500 students -- and if you’ve got the right...

 

Need a Part Time Job in College? Make Some Extra Money and Build Your Resume

If you're considering a part-time job in college, there's a few things you need to keep in mind....

 

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...

 

Getting Student Loans: 5 Tips to Learn How Much You Need for School

When looking for student loans, there are five thing you need to keep in mind....

 

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...

 

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. Find out more in this article....

 

Federal Student Aid Questions & Answers

If you have questions about saving for college, determining your eligibility for financial aid, and completing the FAFSA, you're not alone. Here are some...

 

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...

 

National Call to Service Scholarships and Education Benefits

Whether you’ve been discharged from the military or you’ve never been in the service, recent recruitment efforts offer new educational incentives...

 

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

There are some unique state-based financial aid initiatives that can make your life easier when paying for college. This article will show you the best...

 

College Financial Aid from State Higher Education Agencies

Your state's higher education agency might be able to help guide you to local financial aid for college. Find out more in this article....

 

Financial Aid Advice for Parents

When exploring financial aid for college, it can help to gain perspective from other parents who have gone through the process....

 

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...

 

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....

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