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Put your college planning on track

When it comes to paying for college first look for money you won’t have to pay back (scholarships and grants). Then explore federal student loans. Finally, consider a responsible private student loan to cover the rest.


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Helping outstanding high school students like Jobany overcome financial obstacles and make college happen.

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Tools to help you plan and pay

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1-2-3 approach

Explore how you can follow a step-by-step method to pay for college.

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financial plan for college

Our college planning calculator can estimate college costs, based on your situation.

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Access more than 5 million college scholarships worth up to $24 billion.

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Looking for financial aid?

Financial aid for college starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Stay up-to-date on all things FAFSA with our tips and info.

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How America Pays for College 2018

Our national study looks at how families pay for higher education, how much they spent, and how they make their funding decisions.

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Enter to win $5,000 for college

To celebrate National Scholarship Month, we’re giving away $5,000 for college. To enter for a chance to win, register for Scholarship Search by November 30.

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How American families pay for college


is paid by scholarships and grants

is paid by parent income and savings

is paid by student borrowing

is paid by student income and savings

is paid by parent borrowing

Source: How America Pays for College 2018, by Sallie Mae and Ipsos. Top five ways; does not total 100%.

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