College is an investment in your future, so it is well worth the cost. Many students and their families believe that they cannot afford college. While students have seen smaller aid packages and diminished resources in the last few years, the aid crunch should be easing as the "baby boomlet," resulting in increasing numbers of students entering colleges, is now past peak. Start learning about financial aid early in the planning process and ask lots of questions.
A great resource is the U.S. Department of Education's student aid portal, which includes information in both English and Spanish. Click on the glossary to understand the many terms associated with financial aid applications.