Not sure where to start with your college journey? These tools were developed by the U.S. Department of Education to help students and their families choose a college that’s the best fit.
Need a little organization in your life? The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is a document that students can fill out to help them break down the costs associated with going to the college of their choice. Line items include the estimated cost of attendance (tuition fees, housing and meals, books, transportation, etc.), total grants and scholarships to pay for college, loan options, federal work-study, etc. Print, fill out, be ready.
A little math never hurt anyone. Net Price Calculators are available on most college or university websites, allowing prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into consideration.
Once a student has selected a college or has a list of colleges they are interested in, they can visit the College Navigator to learn more about those institutions including the types of degrees and programs they offer, admission requirements, campus safety statistics, accreditation information, retention and graduation rates, etc. The list of higher education institutions is limited to those who have provided information to the Department of Education through the services it offers.
Released in 2015, this website was constructed with federally available data and is designed to provide the clearest, most accessible and most reliable national data on college cost, graduation, debt and post-college earnings.
Visit the Federal Student Aid website to learn more about how you can prepare for college or other options for higher education, the different types of aid that are available, who is eligible and how to become eligible, how to apply, and finally—how to manage loans once they’ve been accepted. Click through for more information on the process. We got you.