College Planning

Getting Started with Paying for College

Whether you've been saving for decades or you're just getting started, these resources provide a place to start your search for college funds.

I Need Help Paying for College. But Where Do I Start?

If you're a student who is looking for answers on how to pay for college, you might feel a bit overwhelmed at the process. Yes, there are an abundance of websites to peruse, but where do you start?

We've put together a list of helpful websites that can serve a resource for beginning your financial journey down the road of paying for college. While this list isn't inclusive, it can help to point you in the right direction.

ACT's Financial Aid Need Estimator

Here you'll find a tool that can give you a good idea of what type of financial need you're most likely looking at. This is an important first step, because your financial need is what determines how much (if any) need-based federal aid you may qualify for.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

The site offers information under its "Students, Parents & Counselors" tab, where you'll find a ton of information about financial aid, eligibility for financial aid, and a state by state look at different financial aid programs.

Savingforcollege.com

In addition to searching for grants, scholarships, and students loans, there's also the need for parents to put away money for their children's college education. This website provides a wealth of information on 529 savings plans across the nation, as well as financial aid and scholarships.

Big Future

This site not only offers an overview of financial aid options, but provides some handy features as a scholarship search tool that scours more than 2,200 programs involving financial aid, scholarships, and internships.

FinAid.org

Here you'll find on online form that can be used to calculate your expected family contribution (EFC) and financial need, and to get a better estimate your student financial aid.

For more information on how to pay for and save for college, visit the Protective Learning Center.

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