Financing Your College Education
Who's getting financial aid and how do you compare? Use the Financial Aid Tracker to find out! View thousands of real student financial aid awards and see how much students like you received at any college.See How You Stack Up
Use the Scholarship Finder free scholarship search engine to search 575,000 awards worth more than $4.1 billion.Search for Scholarships
What will college really cost? Uncover your true out-of-pocket costs to attend any college. Get personalized results based on your financial situation and college choices.Calculate Your Net Price
Calculate your Expected Family Contribution. Find out how much colleges expect you to pay and how much financial aid you are eligible for.Calculate Your EFC
Which financial aid award is best? View your awards side-by-side and get a detailed comparison, including an estimate of the cost to earn your degree. See which college is the best deal.Compare Your Awards
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College Sticker Shock
College tuition is only part of the cost of college. Other expenses can add up to a significant portion of your college costs. Financial aid can reduce your costs, so a more expensive college can end up costing less than a less expensive college.
All About Financial Aid
Many families underestimate their eligibility for financial aid. Get the facts on college financial aid, including financial aid eligibility, how to apply for financial aid, how to get the most financial aid, and how to analyze financial aid awards.
Paying for College
The best approach to pay for college is a long-term educational savings plan. Most families, however, find it difficult to pay for college with existing savings. Learn about short- and long-term strategies to pay for college and how financial aid fits in.
It's easy to assume that scholarships go to high-flying academic achievers or exceptionally needy students. Truth is, there are plenty of ways to qualify for scholarships. Learn how to conduct a productive scholarship search, find scholarships you are eligible for, create winning scholarship applications, and watch out for scholarship scams.