Pay For College
Prep for the next step of your journey
Kids just keep growing, bringing college closer, along with the next step of your journey: how to pay for it. Get the breakdown on costs, expenses and financial aid opportunities — with us beside you to guide the way.
Your Real Cost of College
What you see on a college website isn't necessarily what you'll pay. While that's good news, it can be confusing. You need to know the real cost of college — for your family and no one else. A lot of planning and many decisions hinge on it. Keep reading
Understanding the CSS Profile
10 College Financial Terms to Know
Can 529 Savings Impact Financial Aid?
Calculate College Costs in 3 Steps
Can I Appeal Financial Aid?
Your Real Cost of College
Can We Decline Financial Aid?
The Impact of Outside Scholarships
Using Your 529 Funds
Financial Aid Each Year
I wonder what other parents are doing ...
Funny, they wonder the same about you.
PLAN YOUR PATH
Every possibility needs a path to follow. The hardest part is knowing where to start. Let’s find your way forward – together.
NEWBORN TO KINDERGARTEN
The early years are hectic enough without adding saving for college to the list. Start early – you’ve heard it before. Still, you’d be shocked at how often parents still miss out. To help you make the most of these early (and sleep-deprived) years, we’ve made getting started simple as can be. Add in insights from our experts and parents like you for the confidence you need to get started.
1ST THRU 8TH
Saving for college is a journey, not a race. There are really no shortcuts. But every step taken today is a step in the right direction — another day, another dollar saved. Take lots of little steps now to make huge strides down the road. With solid advice and expert guidance, you can find the right footing to get going and keep saving.
9TH THRU 12TH
There’s no such thing as too little, too late – even for high schoolers. There are still plenty of ways for you to save for college. And a lot to think about when it comes to paying for college. We’ve made it simple to get what you need to know and what to do next – whether you’re already saving or just starting. So, you can feel good about every step because every little bit counts.
COLLEGE POST HS
Since saving for college gets intertwined with admissions, it’s easy to forget about paying for the later years of college too. To minimize borrowing and maximize savings, it’s a good idea to have a plan to see your student through all four years of school. Saving doesn’t end in high school, and neither does our guidance. Forge ahead with steps, tips and advice from the experts.