How to pay for college

College is expensive, there's no doubt about that. It seems like every day the price keeps rising and the amount of financial aid is drying up. While this is probably true, it doesn't mean that you can't afford college with a little planning. You will likely have to take out loans and you need to make sure you don't take on more debt than you can realistically handle. In addition to financial aid, you can keep your costs down by going to community college, taking summer classes, and applying for scholarships.



8 ways to pay for college


8 steps to applying for financial aid


Choosing financial aid packages: Not all are created equal


Is the “estimated cost of college” what I'll actually have to pay?


9 things you need to know about scholarships



Further reading:

General guides to help you pay for college

Navigating financial aid

Scholarship resources