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

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Compare your financial aid award letters

If you filled out a FAFSA, schools will send you a financial aid award letter. Understand what’s in your award letters, what makes one offer different than the others, and more.

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April is National Financial Literacy Month

Increase your financial fitness by getting an estimate of how much college will cost and creating a plan to pay for it.

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My wife and I went through the college planning process with our sons. We wanted them to earn scholarships, get into college, get their degrees…I want the same for the students I work with.

Mychal W.,
college advisor

How American families pay for college

35

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 2017, by Sallie Mae and Ipsos. Top five ways; does not total 100%.

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