College costs rise every year, but few students pay the full sticker price. Discover how to maximize financial aid opportunities and how to search for the college best suited for your student.
- The rising costs of college
- Picking the right college for you — and your wallet
- FAFSA: a critical piece of the puzzle
Get the details on creating, growing and tapping college investment plans such as 529s, prepaid tuition plans and education bond programs.
- 529 savings plans
- 529 prepaid tuition plans
- Coverdell accounts
- Comparing savings plans
- Education bond programs
Yikes! Your star is a senior and college funds are nonexistent. Don’t panic. There are plenty of ways to reduce expenses and finance college costs even at this late date.
Financial aid opportunities come in a variety of ways from a number of sources including your state and federal government, colleges and even employers.
- Federal loans and grants
- State aid programs
- Getting help from college
- Private scholarships
- Alternative sources
- When enough isn’t enough
- 4 scholarship scams to avoid
Learn how to manage your student loans, how and when to consolidate them, and ways to get them forgiven forever.
- Repaying your student loans
- FAQs on student loan consolidation
- Good deeds get rewarded
- When you just can’t pay: How to avoid default