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Paying for College and Financial Aid

College is expensive. Learn how to save for college, fill out the FAFSA and apply for financial aid. Every student should know about college scholarships, grants, student loans, work study jobs and part time jobs.

What is a Pell Grant?
Learn who qualifies for Federal Pell Grants and how to apply for one in this FAQ

Marital Status and Financial Aid
Marital Status and Financial Aid - Being married can have a positive or negative effect on your financial aid prospects. This article explains the relationship between marital status and financial aid awards.

Do You Have Dependent or Independent Status for Student Financial Aid?
Independent Status for Financial Aid - Learn what the requirements are for being considered independent of your parents for financial aid considerations. For traditional college-age students, it's rare to be able to claim independent status for financial aid.

How to Save Money on College Textbooks
How to save money on college textbooks: College textbooks can cost well over $1,000 a year, but following these tips can more than halve the expense.

Why Do College Books Cost So Much?
Many students are shocked to find that their college books cost over $1,000 a year. This article explains why they cost so much.

Save $50,000 - Graduate Early
If you graduate from college early, you might save tens of thousands of dollars. This article outlines strategies for graduating from college early.

Financial Aid and a Loss of Income
Seth Allen, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Grinnell College, addresses issues facing families who have lost income in the financial crisis.

Are Public Universities Really a Better Value than Private Colleges?
Seth Allen, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Grinnell College, presents some issues to ponder when assessing the true cost of private colleges and public universities.

Paying for College in a Tough Economy
Paying for college may seem impossible in a difficult financial climate, but money is still available. This article presents a few tips for locating valuable financial aid and paying for college.

Scholarship Tips
Advice from Chip Parker, director of admission and Donna Smith, financial aid advisor, Drury University

What is the FAFSA?
Receiving financial aid for college begins with the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This FAQ will describe the process of filling out the FAFSA.

When Should You Submit the FAFSA?
Early is better -- Learn why.

Documents You'll Need to Fill Out the FAFSA
The department of education claims that the FAFSA paperwork can be completed in less than an hour. This is true only if you have all of the necessary documents at hand.

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The quickest and most convenient way to complete the FAFSA is on the web. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Financial Aid has made it easy and free.

College Financing Calculators
CollegeBoard provides several calculators for figuring out college costs, college savings, and loan payments.

Net Price Calculators
Find the net price calculator for any college or university.

Search for Scholarship Money
Petersons provides an on-line search engine for sorting through over $7 billion of available scholarship money.

Will I Get More Financial Aid if I Don't Save Money?
This interesting article from College Confidential explores the pluses and minuses of saving for college.

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