How to Afford College

Now that you’ve been accepted to attend college, you may be asking yourself, “how am I going to pay for it?” Well, you’re not alone. Becoming overwhelmed at all of the costs associated with paying for a higher education is normal. But, the more you plan and prepare, the better. In fact, most students and their families use a variety of resources to help pay for a college degree.

Check out these tips, tools, and articles to help create your own personal way of paying for college — including information on financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans, and more.

CALIFORNIA COLLEGES.EDU

Visit this site to learn all of the basics about financial aid — your eligibility, how to apply, comparisons of financial aid, making a plan, helpful hints and more.

Also, by visiting californiacolleges.edu, students can sign up for an account to track their high school classes, use financial aid calculators, see the total cost of college, estimate their family aid contribution, and a host of other activities.

FEDERAL STUDENT AID, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The Federal Student Aid Office of the U.S. Department of Education has provided checklists with the steps you can take to help your (or your child’s) chances of getting into — and being able to afford — the school of your choice.

BIG FUTURE, BY THE COLLEGE BOARD

The College Board’s website offers advice on understanding the cost of college, how even small scholarships can add up, information about applying for loans and steps to take to find the money available to help you pay for college.

Articles you may find interesting:

17 Ways to Pay for & Afford College Without Student Loan Debt

This article points out ways to use unique tactics to graduate from college without being thousands of dollars in debt.

Paying for College

This article points out that while paying for college can be one of the toughest parts of earning your degree — it doesn’t have to be. Here you’ll find out how to understand, research and compare 529 plans, national tuition costs, and more