Financing Your College Education

Scholarship Finder

Use the Scholarship Finder free scholarship search engine to search 560,000 awards worth more than $3.4 billion.

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Net Price Calculator

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.

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EFC Calculator

Calculate your Expected Family Contribution. Find out how much colleges expect you to pay and how much financial aid you are eligible for.

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Pay Your Way has advice on how to pay for college and get more financial aid. Use the EFC and Net Price calculators to estimate how much aid you'll get and the real cost of college. Use the Scholarship Finder scholarship search engine to find money for 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.

Sizing Up College Costs

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.

Get Started With Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Grants and Scholarships

Loans and Work-Study

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award

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.

Ways to Pay for College

Planning Ahead to Pay for College

Scholarship Smarts

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.

Scholarship Essentials

Finding and Getting Scholarships

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