How to pay for college is a huge question for parents and students! Here is a list of resources to help you and your family learn about your options & plan for how to pay for college:
- What it costs to go to college, including information on Net Price Calculators
- How financial aid works
- Overview of how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Understanding college loans
January 1 of your senior year is an important date! This is the first day that you can apply for the FAFSA – your way to get federal financial aid for college. Click here to view the FAFSA website and familiarize yourself with what you need to apply before January 1.
Once you’ve been accepted to a college, you will get a Financial Aid Award outlining the costs of attending the college and your options to pay the bill. Click here for resources on understanding your Financial Aid Award, what to do if it isn’t enough, and strategies to pay the school bill.
For a comprehensive overview of the financial aid process, see the US Department of Education’s publication The Guide to Federal Student Aid: Funding Your Education.
There are also financial aid resources in the SCS College & Career Center (S50). Stop by for tip sheets on comparing the cost of colleges, college Net Price Calculators, applying for the FAFSA, and more!