Planning for College
Learn about the true costs of college and the process of finding aid
College costs are more than just the price of tuition. Living arrangements, books and meals can raise the sticker price.
Financial aid is any money used to pay for college, whether it's earned by you, given to you, or loaned to you by a bank. Read a comparison of Federal PLUS Loans versus private loans, view a list of federal tax benefits available to those paying for higher education, and learn what it means to co-sign a loan. Learn More
Completing the FAFSA is the first step in applying for many forms of financial aid. Every future college student should complete one, even if you think you're not entitled to federal financial aid. You can't borrow Stafford or PLUS loans without it. Learn More
Getting into college and finding money to pay for college are two processes that begin in your junior year of high school. Don't get overwhelmed – get organized. Learn More