Paying for Higher Education

Regardless what type of degree or certification you get, there are four basic steps you should follow:

Step 1: Research your school options

  • Does the school have the degree you want?
  • Is the school accredited and have a good reputation?
  • How much is tuition? How much will you owe when you graduate?
  • Look at lower cost options such as community colleges

Step 2: Get to know the four types of financial aid

Talk to a school counselor or the financial aid office and ask them about:

  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Low-interest Loans
  • Work Study

Step 3: Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid HERE

Need help filling out the form?

Step 4: Learn about your loan repayment options when you graduate

Need more information? Visit this helpful website: Federal Student Aid

Need help comparing college financial options? Try CFPB’s new comparison tool

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