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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

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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

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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?