Resources to Help Make Your College Dreams a Reality

Not sure where to start? This overview of the Financial Aid Process is a great tool to begin with. State and federal aid, grants, and private scholarships are all available to ease the financial burden of attending college. Explore the resources below to learn more about how you can earn a college degree without breaking the bank!

The U.S. Department of Education Student Financial Aid Office offers information on types of financial aid and how to apply for aid so that you can go to college! Topics covered include:

  • How do I prepare for college?
  • What types of aid can I get?
  • Do I quality for aid?
  • How do I apply for financial aid?
  • How do I manage my loans?

The U.S. Department of Education also offers a Net Price Calculator Center. Students can search for any college and enter information about themselves to find out what students of similar backgrounds paid to attend the institution the previous year, after taking scholarships and grants into account. In general, this worksheet is a great way to compare the costs of several colleges.

BigFuture is a great resource for everything related to college preparation. Students can research how to apply for financial aid and hear how other students have been able to afford college in the Pay for College section. The website also features a Scholarship Search where students can look for a specific scholarship or submit information about themselves to see what scholarships they are eligible for. Need help navigating several financial aid packages? BigFuture offers a Comparison Tool that allows students to look at up to four schools at once and evaluate the costs of attendance with the financial aid packages they have been offered.