Financial Aid — Ask the Experts
What Questions Should I Ask About Scholarship Offers?
You got offered a scholarship? Great! Before you accept it, there are a few questions you should be asking yourself and the scholarship committee about it.
How Can I Negotiate With Colleges if I Need More Financial Aid?
If your college financial aid package isn't as much as you need, you can appeal it! Our experts have some advice on negotiating and how to do it right.
Is Going to College Really Worth the Cost?
The cost of college has steadily risen since the 1980s. So is earning a degree still worthwhile? Our experts explain why it is for several unexpected reasons.
Do I Wait for Aid Offers Before Applying for Scholarships?
Some students think they should wait to get financial aid offers before applying for scholarships. Here's why you should start your scholarship search earlier!
How Do Federal and Private Education Loans Differ?
While both options lend you money to help cover college costs, there are some significant differences between federal and private loans you need to know.
What Do Fees Cover in a College's Tuition and Fees?
In addition to paying for classes (aka tuition), you'll also need to cover any fees associated with a university. But what exactly do these "fees" mean?
What's the Difference Between Scholarships and Grants?
Unlike loans, scholarships and grants are types of aid that you don't have to pay back. Learn more about these options for paying for college now.
Can I Get Financial Aid to Pay for Pre-College Program Tuition?
There are a number of ways to get financial aid and/or scholarships to help cover the cost of attending a pre-college program. Learn more here!
When Can I Start Applying for Scholarships?
Knowing the right time to apply for scholarships is important to future college success. (Hint: There's never a wrong time.)
How Do I Find Scholarships?
Finding scholarships can be crucial to financial situation when it comes to paying for college. Here's some expert advice on finding scholarships you can win.
What Is the Secret to Graduating From College With No Student Debt?
Students may dream of graduating debt-free, but that's often not the reality. Here's why that's okay and what you can do to make your debt more manageable.
Should I Take on Extra Debt to Attend My Dream School?
It's tempting to take on extra student loans or other debt to attend your dream college, but your financial future is important. Here's some expert advice.
What Should I Do if My Family Can't Afford Tuition?
Tuition can be expensive, unfortunately. If you've been accepted to a college you love but don't know how you'll pay for it, here's some expert advice.
Who Can Help Me Complete My Financial Aid Forms?
Applying for financial aid can be complicated, it's smart to seek out help. But who are the right people to ask? Our experts have advice to find helpers.
How Do I Start the Financial Aid Application Process?
Going to college is expensive, no matter where you go. And the financial aid process can be overwhelming. Here's some expert advice to get you started.
Do I Have to File the FAFSA?
You don't have to fill out the FAFSA, but there's no reason not to. Here's why one expert suggests you're only hurting yourself by not filling out the FAFSA.
When Should I File the FAFSA?
It's true that the early bird gets the worm, so you'll want to file the FAFSA ASAP. Learn when it opens and get advice from real college faculty here.
Should I Apply for Financial Aid if I May Not Be Eligible?
Some students think they aren't eligible for financial aid because of their parents' income, but many factors go into the FAFSA. Here's some expert advice.
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