Getting money for college through financial aid, scholarships, and other resources seems daunting. Use the path below and explore the articles and videos to keep you on track and confident.
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Invest in Your Future: Expert Tips on Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Paying for College
Concerned with the rising costs of higher education? Wondering how to find the right college? And, how to afford it once you do? Discover the key strategies that will unlock the doors to higher education without breaking the bank. From need-based aid to scholarships, Collegewise’s expert panelists will demystify the complex world of financial aid, offering practical tips to help you navigate the application process with confidence.
Start Here! Steps to Take Before Senior Year
FAFSA? Financial Aid? Money for College? What does it all mean? It’s never too early to start your research. Start here to explore your options and feel prepared when it's time for financing college.
Financial Aid FAQs
The financial aid process including timelines, major action points, and how to find a wealth of information from the Federal Student Aid website.
Fall of Senior Year
The FAFSA opens every year on October 1*. Use the tools below to determine what each of your colleges will cost, gather what you need before sitting down to fill out the FAFSA, and layout 5 easy steps to follow to meet financial aid deadlines.
*Note: Changes are coming to the FAFSA for the 2024-2025 academic year. As a result, the FAFSA will open in December 2023 instead of October. Learn more at studentaid.gov.
Free Financial Aid Resources
Tap into success with the library of free tools and resources to help you understand how to pay for college.
Spring of Senior Year
Things are happening quickly now! Many scholarship deadlines are in February or March so have your ACT score ready before then. Financial aid packages will also begin arriving with acceptance letters – be your own champion and understand what the package is offering.
How to Score Scholarships
Learn how to not leave money on the table when it comes to paying for college.
Graduation, Summer, Going to College
You've accepted your financial aid award, but the costs are still high. Expand your scholarship search and explore other ways to make college affordable.
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