Looking for more information about paying for college in the future? The information on this website is mainly for people who have already taken out student loans. There are other excellent resources if you are planning for college and thinking about how to pay for it.
Start by visiting the Federal Student Aid website at studentaid.gov. Click on “Considering School” to see more information on choosing a school and options to pay for your education.
What is the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is a form that you fill out and submit to apply for funding from the government to help pay for college, including grants and federal student loans.
More help to plan for college:
- Learn more about federal funding–both grants and loans–to help pay for your education.
- Review the College Scorecard to compare schools’ annual costs, average student debt totals and monthly payments, graduation rate, and typical salary after attending.
- Use the Federal Student Aid Estimator before you fill out your FAFSA application to see how much aid you may be eligible for.
- Apply for federal student aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
- Learn why federal student loans are a better option than private loans.
- Use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s financial path to graduation tool to determine your actual out-of-pocket cost for each school you are considering.
- Veterans can use the GI Bill comparison tool to learn about programs and compare benefits by school.