Navigating the Maze of College Costs
Lighting the path to affordable education
Choose a School That Fits Your Costs
Filling Out the FAFSA
Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible because some colleges award both need- and merit-based money on a first-come, first-served basis.2
Sources for Scholarships
This site provides scholarships to apply for based on your strengths, skills, and interests.
This site offers many scholarships and allows for customized searches based on your profile.
They can provide information about available scholarships from the institution and guidance on other potential scholarship sources.1 It’s always a good idea to check with them to understand what financial aid options might be available to you for that school.
Enroll in a Work-Study Program
Income and Savings
Take Out Federal Loans
You don’t have to say yes to all the aid, especially student loans. If you need to borrow to pay for college, take out federal student loans before private ones.
Borrow Private Loans
End of the Journey
2 Helhoski, Anna. “What Is Need-Based Financial Aid?” NerdWallet, . Accessed 30 Oct. 2023.
3 Bridges, Meilee. “What Is a Merit-Based Scholarship?” What Is a Merit-Based Scholarship?, . Accessed 30 Oct. 2023.
4 “Federal Pell Grants Are Usually Awarded Only to Undergraduate Students.” Federal Student Aid, . Accessed 30 Oct. 2023.
5 “Interest Rates and Fees for Federal Student Loans.” Federal Student Aid, . Accessed 30 Oct. 2023.
6 “Payment Count Adjustments Toward Income-Driven Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness Programs.” Federal Student Aid, . Accessed 30 Oct. 2023.
7 “New Student Loan Repayment Plan Benefits Borrowers beyond Lower Monthly Payments.” The White House, The United States Government, 21 Aug. 2023, .
8 “When It Comes to Paying for College, Career School, or Graduate School, Federal Student Loans Can Offer Several Advantages over Private Student Loans.” Federal Student Aid, . Accessed 30 Oct. 2023.