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.


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.

Get FAN ready

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

Why WUE and what you should know

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.

Help me save

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.


I want to understand college costs

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.

Let's review

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.

Tell me how

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.

Give me the skinny