Financing Your College Education

Financial Aid Tracker

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

Scholarship Finder

Use the Scholarship Finder free scholarship search engine to search 595,000 awards worth more than $4.5 billion.

Search for Scholarships

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.

Calculate Your Net Price

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.

Calculate Your EFC

Compare Your Financial Aid Awards

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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Pay Your Way has advice to help you pay for college and get more financial aid. Search for scholarships. Use the EFC and Net Price calculators to estimate your financial aid and college costs. Use the Compare Awards tool to see which college offers the best deal.

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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.

How Much Does College Cost?

How to Find Financially Friendly Colleges

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

The Best Laid College Financing Plans

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

Read the Fine Print

Are You Eligible for Scholarships?

For Students Age 18 and Older

Have you received a Personal Invitation to apply for a Student Credit card?

Learn how to qualify for a Personal Invitation to apply for a Student Credit Card


1st Financial Bank believes students who pick colleges wisely will also want to learn how to use credit cards wisely.

College MatchFind the right colleges for you!
College ChancesWill you get in? Find out!
Admissions TrackerSee who got in where, who's applying & how you compare!
Financial Aid TrackerSee who's getting financial aid, how much & how you stack up.
Scholarship FinderFind money for college!
EFC CalculatorCalculate your Expected Family Contribution.
College Net Price CalculatorSee your true out-of-pocket cost to attend any college.
Compare Financial Aid AwardsFind out which college is offering you the best deal.
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