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!...

 

College Financial Aid: Dealing with a Financial Aid Counselor

By taking ownership of the college financial aid application process and all that it entails, you can improve your chances of getting the best financial...

 

College Financial Aid: Need-Blind Admissions Policies

A small portion of highly selective colleges practice "need-blind" admissions (a particular type of college financial aid), and for some talented students,...

 

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 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...

 

Dealing with Change in the College Loan Business

Loans constantly change. Find out the latest information on federal student loans, private student loans, and interest rates in this article....

 

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: A Word of Warning about Scams

For every ten students who receive legitimate undergraduate scholarships, there's one who falls prey to a scam. Find out how to avoid the scams here....

 

College Scholarships: Free Money for Honors Students

When it comes to finances, honors students are just like everyone else -- they can sure use college scholarships (i.e., free money)!...

 

College Scholarships for the Student-Athlete

This article explains the two types of athlete-related scholarships out there and how you can qualify for them....

 

FAFSA, Scholarships, and Loans: An Overview

Figuring out how to pay for college can be an extremely daunting task. Read on for helpful overview information on major sources of funding: FAFSA, Scholarships,...

 

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

If you don't apply via the FAFSA, you can't qualify for student aid. Find out more here....

 

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...

 

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...

 

Federal Student Aid: Academic Competitiveness and SMART Grants

If you qualify for a federal Pell Grant, you may also qualify for one of two other federal grants. Read more here....

 

Federal Student Aid: Types of Awards

Where does the money come from for student loan aid? Find out in this article....

 

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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

Financial Aid Opportunities for Higher-Income Families

While the search for financial aid for parents who "make too much" may be challenging, don't despair! There are various aid opportunities that are not...

 

Financial Aid Essentials: Costs, Aid Eligibility, and Forms

This article contains tips and tools to help you get through the financial aid process....

 

Financial Aid Essentials: Your EFC and Out-of-Pocket Costs

When seeking financial aid for college, your Expected Family Contribution will impact the amount of out-of-pocket costs you'll be expected to contribute....