Funding College

​College is a significant investment in your future. To help you meet the costs of higher education, we offer a six-step tutorial.

Step 1: Determine Cost of Attendance

Learn about the Direct and Indirect Costs of higher education that go into Determining the Cost of College.

Step 2: Paying Options

Now that you have some idea of the cost of college, you can learn more about the many options to help you meet college expenses. Those options include:

Step 3: Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is your starting point for most student financial-assistance programs. Learn about the FAFSA and application methods, tips, deadlines, and renewal information.

Step 4: Calculate your Expected Family Contribution

Expected Family Contribution is the amount your family is expected to contribute toward your cost of attendance for the school year. To determine your financial need, the school you plan to attend will subtract the EFC figure from the school's cost of attendance. Students and parents can learn about this process by reviewing Understanding Your Expected Family Contribution. To estimate how much you'll be expected to contribute, you can use the Quick EFC Calculator from FinAid.

Step 6: Explore Alternative Payment Methods

If you have exhausted other sources of financial aid, consider a tuition-payment plan, parent PLUS loan or private education loan.
Managing student loans requires knowledge, resources, and guidance. We provide all three. Get more information about Student Loan Help.