College costs: Helpful resources for future students

Learn the basics of paying for college

Bankrate: Figuring out where to start looking for information about college costs can be daunting.  Here’s an easy guide to the basics of paying for college including applying for federal aid, saving for college and paying off student loans.

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Find out more about student aid, scholarships 

U.S. Department of Education: Discover everything you need to know about federal student aid.  Learn about the types of aid available, eligibility for aid and applying for aid.

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Start saving for college early Find out everything you need to know about 529 plans and learn how to get a jump-start on saving for college.

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Research all types of student aid

My College Options: Here is a one-stop shop with information about aid options including 529 plans, scholarships, grants, loans and other funding options.

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Find and apply for scholarships

Thousands of scholarships are available for all types of students.  You just need to know where to look.  Research scholarships that are right for you.

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Find out how much you can expect to pay

College cost calculators can be a great tool to use to start planning.

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Cost calculators only provide estimates

Mapping Your Future: Although cost calculators can be helpful, the results can be inaccurate and shouldn’t be taken as fact.  The more questions asked to calculate cost, the more accurate the results will be.

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Learn creative ways to cut college costs

Fox News: Paying for college can seem overwhelming, but there are ways to cut the costs.  Here are some creative options to give your wallet a break.

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What you need to know before applying

U.S. News and World Report: Applying for college can be scary, especially for first-generation college students. Here are some helpful resources for future students from application essay tips to mastering alumni interviews.

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Advice for mom and dad

College Xpress: Parents, find resources to answer all of your questions about your child’s education.

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Still not sure you have all the information you need?  Find more resources about planning and paying for college.

Research colleges: College Board

Preparing for college: Family Education

College and career planning: Next Step U

— Links compiled by Kathleen Anderson

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