Financial

Part of preparing for college is figuring out how to pay for it. Here, we'll explore topics like searching and applying for scholarships and financial aid, calculating college tuition costs and saving for college.

 

Scholarship tips
 
 

6 easy scholarship tips

Discover some of our best scholarship tips — when to search for them, how to keep them and more.

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Financial aid
 

What you should know about financial aid

Review these common terms used by college financial aid offices when figuring out how to pay for college.

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Top financial aid questions and answers
 
 
 

Top financial aid questions and answers

Financial aid can be a tough road to navigate, but we’ve got answers to some of the most-asked financial aid questions.

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FAFSA App
 

Using the FAFSA app is easy

Your student should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Check out the FAFSA app to see how easy it can be.

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College scholarships
 
 

Get money for college

College is expensive, but scholarships can help a lot. We’ll show you where your student can find them.

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College preparation checklist
 
 

How to prepare for college

College will be here before you know it. Start preparing early. We’re here for you every step of the way.

 

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National Merit Scholar
 
 

What is a National Scholar?

What is the National Merit Scholarship Program, and how can your student qualify? We have the deets to share.

Becoming a National Scholar

Submitting the FAFSA
 

What happens after your student submits their FAFSA?

Your student completed the FAFSA and hit “submit.” What happens now and how does it lead to your student getting money to help pay for college?

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Financial aid award letter
 

What to do after receiving a financial aid award letter

Your student’s financial aid award letter says they’re getting funds to help pay for college. But how do they actually get those funds and put them toward their college expenses?

Find out how

Financial aid notification (FAN)
 
 

Understanding your Financial Aid Notification

Everything you and your student need to know in order to compare university financial aid packages and how to make an informed choice.

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After school job
 

Working while in high school (to help pay for college)

Why it’s probably a good idea for your student to get an after school job.

How working pays off

Western Undergraduate Exchange
 
 

Are you WUE eligible?

The Western Undergraduate Exchange is an option to make out-of-state tuition more affordable. Find out all about it.

Can WUE save you money?

College savings plan
 
 

Why you need a 529 plan if you are saving for your student's college education

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings account. 529 accounts offer more flexibility than other types of education savings accounts.

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Financial aid and the cost of college
 

Financial Aid 101: The cost of college and how to pay

Higher education is within reach. Find out what college really costs and how you can pay for it.

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Financial aid for college
 

9 things you have to know about financial aid for college

With proper financial planning and some financial aid expertise, parents and students can learn what misconceptions, myths and mistakes to avoid when trying to pay for college.

What should I know

Grades and financial aid
 
 

How your student’s grades can affect their financial aid

Grades and credit hours can affect your student’s financial aid. Students must meet SAP requirements.

What's SAP?

Student tax filing information
 
 

Filing taxes for college students

Is your student a dependent according to the IRS? Find out here.

 

How do I know?

Tax refund or payment
 

Student tax refund or payment advice

If your student has filed or will soon file a tax return, they may be wondering how they’ll spend their refund or contemplating how to pay taxes they owe.

Tax advice

Education tax credits
 

Education tax credits, deductions and FAFSA money, oh my!

Each financial aid award is treated a little differently when it comes to tax time, so we’ll assess each one and review higher education tax credits and deductions you should know about.

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Veteran benefits
 

Forms for parents transferring VA education benefits

GI Bill benefits can be transferred to military dependents to help pay for college. See if you qualify and apply.

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Saving for college
 

How to avoid a common mistake when paying for your kid's college tuition

Chrish Arnold from the NPR Life Kit podcast shares how to save money for your student’s college tuition.

What should I do?

Finding Scholarships
 

The skinny on scholarships

Finding free money for college takes a little work. There are some tools that you and your student can start using now that will help pave the road to an affordable college degree.

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