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College 101: Paying for College

Books, websites, and articles on choosing, applying to, and affording your 'best fit' college.

Federal Student Aid and FAFSA®

FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an application based on the financial records of parents and becomes available October 1. Using the information provided, the family’s expected contribution is calculated and sent to schools. Aid is given out in a first-come-first-serve manner so completing the FAFSA on a timely basis is very important.

Student Loan Calculator

This student loan calculator from shows your monthly student loan payments and how your loan will amortize (be paid off) over time. First, they calculate the monthly payment, taking into account the loan amount, interest rate, loan term and prepayment. The amortization is calculated by taking the amount you pay toward the principal each month and deducting it from your loan balance.

Resources for Evaluating College Costs



Paying for College - "We Need to Talk College"

College Scholarship Resources


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