The year before your child goes to college will be busy for your child and for you. Here are specific steps you should take to carry out a successful college funding strategy.

Financial aid is a common way to help pay for college, so you need to know a lot about it. In this chapter, we explain what the Expected Family Contribution is and moves you can make to change it. Then we offer tips on minimizing the cost of college. And finally we provide a year-long timeline for financial steps you should take during your child’s final year of high school.

What can you expect to learn from this chapter: