We know paying for college is can be a struggle for most students. So we put together a round-up of sites to help you out. Remember you should never pay to apply for scholarships or to sign up for a financial aid site.

Students should always file their FAFSA first when it opens on October 1 of each year. This federal application is completely free and will use your prior prior year’s tax information. Even if you think your family makes too much money you should file your FAFSA just in case. Many scholarships also require students to have a FAFSA on file so it never hurts to just submit it. Aid is awarded based on availability so applying as early as possible is the best way to be eligible for aid.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  https://fafsa.ed.gov

CSS Profile (like FAFSA but for private schools) https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org

FinAid www.finaid.org/

Federal Student Aid for Students www.studentaid.gov

Mapping Your Future www.mappingyourfuture.org

FTC Project Scholarship Scam www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams

Office of PostscondaryEducation www.ed.gov/ope

Guide to Federal Student Aid www.studentaid.ed.gov/guide

Financial Aid Calculators www.finaid.org/calculators

 

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The Complete High School Timeline for Getting into College

 

Applying to college is a marathon, not a sprint. And it starts freshman year of high school. This book outlines what you should be doing each year of high school to be ready competitive for applying to college.

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