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College Planning

How to get money for college

Financial planning for college may sound complicated, but there are several websites that help you find possible scholarships and funding.

Looking for sources to find more money for college? The process doesn't have to be complicated, but you do have to do your homework to find the program(s) that best fit your needs. Yes, it takes time, but it's free money!

We've put together a few online sources that can help you better navigate the world of college funding. So grab your laptop and get going!

Try these resources 

1. Sallie Mae

This is a financial services firm that is focused on college tuition loans. It also offers a wide and diverse scholarship search that helps match students with appropriate scholarships. 

2. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator

The NCES, located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, offers a wealth of information on schools, financial aid, and much more. Its online calculator tool can help you estimate the four-year costs of various colleges so you can make better decisions.  

3. The United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

As one of the nation's largest minority education funding organizations, UNCF offers scholarships, special programs, internships, fellowships, and grants. 

4. Big Future by the College Board

This website helps both students and parents research schools, learn about ways to pay for college, and create a step-by-step customized college plan.

5. Fastweb

This online portal can connect you with a college search, a targeted scholarship search to help you pay for school, and financial aid resources.  

6. Scholarships.com

You create a profile that not only matches you with scholarships that you're qualified for, but also triggers notifications when new scholarships and grant opportunities become available. 

The best options when paying for school are the ones that come at no cost to you. Money that you don't have to repay, in the form of scholarships and grants, is not only attainable but they can be an expected part of most financial aid packages.

Be sure to do your homework early, because the sooner you start, the less likely you are to find yourself in a bind and having to borrow money. And while student loans may be necessary at some point, you always want to borrow as little as possible.

 

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