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Financing Your College Education: Chapter Summary
Figuring out how you will finance your college education can be a stressful experience, but there are financial aid options if you don't have the funds readily available. Let our trained guidance counselors and academic advisors teach you how to apply for scholarships and other types of financial aid. This chapter provides information on:
Finding the real cost of college
Some students forget that there is more to the cost of college than tuition expenses. You also need to take into account housing costs, student fees, book expenses and more. In this lesson, our guidance counselors give you tips for determining the real cost of college.
Determining if you qualify for financial aid or scholarships
When looking at the cost of going to college, you may feel that you can't afford it. However, you may qualify for financial aid or scholarships. Learn how to determine whether or not you qualify and how get the most aid you can.
Filling out the FAFSA
The most essential financial aid application you fill out may very well be the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Let our guidance counselors give you tips for filling out the FAFSA so you can be on your way to getting the funds you need for college.
Applying for scholarships
Scholarships are an appealing form of financial aid because they don't need to be repaid, nor do they require that you work in exchange for the money. These lessons provide tips for finding both school-sponsored and private scholarships and cover application strategies to make yourself a stronger candidate.
Looking at work-study options
Another appealing form of financial aid is work-study programs because they allow you to obtain work experience while receiving money for college. Find out the eligibility requirements and restrictions placed on work-study programs and become familiar with work-study application procedures.
1. Finding the Real Cost of College: Tips for Students
Many students think tuition is the only cost they need to worry about when calculating their college budget, but the cost of college goes beyond tuition. This lesson will help you learn to estimate your financial needs when planning your education.
2. How to Go to College for Free
You can use this article to find out how to attend college for free. Explore your educational options and learn more about what you can expect from your college experience.
3. Do I Qualify for Scholarships or Financial Aid?
Financial aid vocabulary and procedures can be difficult to understand. This lesson will help by reviewing the different types of financial aid, how you can determine eligibility and how to maximize your financial aid possibilities.
4. FAFSA Tips: How to Apply for Financial Aid
You are offered admission to the college of your choice! How do you pay for this? In this lesson, we review the requirements, application process, and federal aid for college available through FAFSA or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
5. How to Pay for College Without Loans
Check out this article to explore financial aid options that won't leave you saddled with student debt once you've graduated. You'll learn where to look for scholarships and grants, and get some tips for determining whether full- or part-time employment options are right for you.
6. Applying for Scholarships at Your College
Scholarships award the recipient with financial aid that does not have to be repaid. This lesson covers ways to find individual school-sponsored scholarships and tips for increasing your odds of winning scholarships.
7. Applying for Private Scholarships
Private scholarships award the recipient with financial aid that does not have to be repaid. This lesson covers some of the ways to find private scholarships as well as tips for increasing your odds of winning private scholarships.
8. How to Save for College
Find out about options for saving for college with this article. Go over different savings accounts and how they work. You'll also find additional information that can help you understand your personal finances.
9. Understanding Your Work-Study Options
Work-study programs can help you finance your education and gain work experience for your resume. This lesson discusses work-study options, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and restrictions.
10. How to Be Successful in College: Avoid Debt & Remedial Courses
Students may think they're entering college prepared, but studies have shown that many are not. Find out how you can avoid taking costly remedial courses so that you can enter college ready.
11. How to Apply for Work Study
Work-study is a federal program available to college students who need financial aid to assist with expenses. This type of award allows students to pursue a flexible form of part-time employment that fits around their course schedules.
12. How to Determine Federal Work Study Eligibility
Find out how to determine if you're eligible for a federal work-study job with this article. You can learn more about the steps you need to take to ascertain your eligibility, as well as how to go about applying for this program.
13. How to Save Money in College
Attending college, even with scholarships, can be a costly experience. Read on for some penny-pinching tips on how to save money while you're in school and explore some of Study.com's useful resources.
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