Financing Your College Education

Jan 22, 2016

Financing Your College Education

No matter where you are in the college application process, remember that there is an important next step - knowing how to pay for college. Filling out and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the key to accessing free grants that can help you pay for college. You can start today -- the FAFSA is now available.

Did you know...

... 10% of Pell eligible students do not complete the FAFSA?

Sometimes this can be a complex process, and there are many resources available to help you. One such resource is College Goal Sunday -- a state-based program designed to provide free assistance to students and families in completing their FAFSA. There's no better time to find out what types of help you can receive in your state. 

How much financial aid am I eligible for?

Your financial aid eligibility is going to depend on your families’ financial circumstances -- when you apply for financial aid, the state you live in, and where you have been accepted for college. The best way to get more personalized information about your aid eligibility is to complete the FAFSA and additional financial aid forms required by each college (such as the CSS/Profile) and contact the financial aid offices at the colleges to which you applied. Colleges also have net price calculators on their websites that can give you a personalized estimate of how much financial aid you would receive from each college.