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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

Learn about the
1-2-3 approach

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

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Build a customized
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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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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See how ten students’ creativity helped them win a total of $40,000 for college in our Make College Happen Challenge.

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You could win $1,000 in our monthly Plan for CollegeSM sweepstakes

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Celebrating National School Counseling Week



Counseling is not for the weak. But at the end of the day, it’s worth it. Even if it’s a small push…it could be that one kid who decided at the last minute, 'I want to go to college.'

Gianna M.,
School counselor, Houston, TX

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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