You Weren't Born a College Graduate. . .
But, We Can Help You Become One!
Is a college or graduate degree a good "investment?" You bet! According to Money Magazine, a postseondary degree can be worth $1 million plus over your lifetime. But, getting a degree is expensive. It often costs undergraduates $20,000 or more a year to go to school. And, graduate students may have to pay considerably more than that. Fortunately, billions of dollars in financial aid are available to help students at any level. Here, in Reference Service Press's Financial Aid Information Center, we've pulled together the information, tips, suggestions, and resources you'll need to find that funding fast.
When it comes to applying for college and financial aid, timing is key. You don't want to miss out. It's crucial that you do the right things at the right times. Do you know when to begin your financial aid search? When's the best time to take and even retake your SATs or ACTs? What's the earliest date you should submit your FAFSA form? This checklist identifies exactly what high school students need to do--in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades--to plan and organize a successful college and financial aid search.
Looking for financial aid? It's hard to be succesful when you don't understanding the language. Do you know what defines "financial need?" What makes a student "independent?" Is the FAF the same thing as the FAFSA? How much money is your family "expected" to contribute to your education? These definitions, and hundreds more, are just a click away. Soon you'll be speaking the language just like a pro!
Billions of dollars are awarded each year (scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans) by individual states to their residents and to students from other states who want to study there. Here's how to tap into those rich resources: use our state aid directory. In seconds, you can be connected to any state's educational web site--and check out what's being offered there.
Reference Service Press's News Center is your one-stop source for information on the latest financial aid developments, events, and resources. You're just a click away from up-to-the-minute news on college costs, student aid, college loans, 529 and other prepaid savings/tuition plans, tax breaks for students and their parents, and even the newest scholarship scams! We've utilized the power of Google to link you to the most recent news and information on these topics. Just click on the links below to be taken to the late-breaking and most important stories on: