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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.

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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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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.

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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.

In this Section

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

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COLLEGEdata Dollars are
points you earn by
completing certain
COLLEGEdata activities

Ways to earn
COLLEGEdata Dollars:

  • Complete your Admissions Profile.
  • Add colleges to your College Choices.
  • Update your Admissions Statuses.
  • Use the College Match tool.

What are COLLEGEdata Dollars (CD$)?

COLLEGEdata Dollars (CD$) are points you earn by completing certain COLLEGEdata activities. The maximum number of CD$ you can redeem is 5000. Once you have earned at least 2500 CD$, you can redeem them for $25, which will be provided to you on a Loyalty Card, and once you earn another 2500 CD$, you can redeem those CD$ for a second $25, which will also be provided to you on a Loyalty Card.

Earn points and redeem them for
U.S. Dollars

Complete certain COLLEGEdata activities (for example, signing up, starting your Admissions Profile, searching for colleges, calculating your chances for admission, searching for scholarships, updating your Profile with your admission decisions). Each activity is worth a specific amount of points (CD$). You can redeem the points you earn for U.S. Dollars that will be issued to you in the form of a 1st Financial Bank USA Loyalty Mastercard®.

How do I earn COLLEGEdata Dollars?

You can earn CD$ by completing certain COLLEGEdata activities. As soon as you sign up and activate your COLLEGEdata account, explore COLLEGEdata and begin completing COLLEGEdata activities to earn points.

Here is a full list of COLLEGEdata activities for which you may earn CD$ and the number of CD$ you can earn by completing each activity.*

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Check your CD$ Dashboard at the bottom of the page to view your CD$ balance, find other activities that you can complete to earn CD$, and redeem the CD$ you have earned for U.S. Dollars.