College Financial Concerns

Student Aid Deadlines – I put this link first because it’s so important to submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before the deadline! I’ve seen so many students in the past who have forgotten to submit theirs and it’s been a mess!

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (this is the official website for FASFA!)

Understanding College Costs | Federal Student Aid – College and career schools are expensive and vary depending on a lot of different factors. The Federal Student Aid office provides you with a breakdown of just what you’re paying for in college tuitions and fees.

Sallie Mae | Education Loans, College Planning & Online Banking – If you’ve ever taken out a student loan, you probably have gone through Sallie Mae. I’m not saying they’re the best, they’re just the most common for college loans. This is a good website to keep on hand.

Paying for College | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Before you enroll in college classes, your first question should be how you’re paying for college. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put together a guide that lets you compare schools, find a right student loan that fits your budget, and gives you information on how to pay off your student loan debt.

Paying For College, from NPR – National Public Radio has compiled a list of their talks and radio chats all about paying for college tuition.

Find Scholarships for College for Free – Fastweb provides you with a free search for college scholarships and financial aid. (You do have to register, but after you sign up, it’s free!)

Net Price Calculator – Office of Student Financial Aid – this calculator provides an estimated cost of college tuition – and room & board, and other tuition fees. Remember, this is an estimation, not an exact amount.

4 Steps to Writing an Effective Scholarship Essay – if you need help writing your college scholarship essay, this PDF file can help!

FAFSA Student Loans — How to Apply for FAFSA – the application process for FAFSA can be a little intimidating and confusing; Sallie Mae walks you through the process with everything you need to know.

Alphabetical List of Scholarships by Field of Study – if you are looking for a specific scholarship, you can search this website by specific field of study.

Work-Study Jobs | Federal Student Aid – the office of the US Department of Education provides undergraduate students with federal work study jobs to help them earn money while they are actively enrolled in college.