Teens at the library
Many students and families miss out on college because they
assume they can’t afford it. While college can be expensive, don’t
assume you can’t pay for it until you know the facts. Here are a
few things you should consider:
• The cost of college can vary greatly. It’s true some colleges are
expensive, but many others are relatively inexpensive. Do some
research and find the college that’s right for you.
• Financial aid can significantly reduce the cost of college. Don’t be
discouraged by the cost of college until you know how much
financial aid you can get.
• Consider how much you can earn with a college degree. In most
cases, the size of your future paychecks will make the cost of
college seem affordable.
Students and families pay for college in many different ways, but
almost all can receive some kind of financial aid.
HOW DO I GET FINANCIAL AID?
Start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid,
also known as the FAFSA. The FAFSA is used to determine your
eligibility for federal financial aid, and most colleges and states
also use this application to give out additional financial aid.