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!...

 

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....

 

Ivy League Schools: The Affordable Choice?

With the price of a single year often costing more than $50,000, few would consider Ivy-League and other elite schools "affordable" - but is that really...

 

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...

 

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....

 

6 Strategies for Writing the Best Scholarship Essay

When applying for a scholarship, writing the right essay is key. Here are six strategies you can follow to produce your best essay....

 

The Average Student's Dos and Don'ts for Writing a Great Scholarship Essay

Getting into and graduating college is key, but what happens when you're an average student with just an "OK" GPA? Focus on your scholarship essay of course....

 

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 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...

 

In-State Tuition Requirements: 4 Things to Keep in Mind

If you're unsure what in-state vs. out-of-state tuition means for you, this article sorts out the confusion....

 

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....

 

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....

 

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

Finding the money you need to attend a two- or four-year institution or vocational/career college is a challenge, but you can do it if you devise a strategy....

 

U-fi Student Loans

Learn more about the benefits of student loans through U-Fi for undergraduate and graduate school, what you need to do to apply, and more....

 

Parents - Planning for Unexpected College Costs

You've saved for years, finalized your part on your student's FAFSA, and assisted your child in securing a student loan. Financially, however, your work...

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