When it comes to applying for college today, the bottom line is simple: cost shouldn’t stand between students and their goals. Quality education can be affordable, and there are public and private programs dedicated to helping students get there. Students may not know where to start — but you can point them in the right direction based on the type of college they hope to attend, or what they’re interested in studying. Money doesn’t have to be a complicated or intimidating conversation, and letting students know about the many options out there can help set the right tone.

This section breaks down the different ways to pay for college — the different types of aid available, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the many myths that exist about student aid and affording college. As you’re helping your students, be sure to let them know about this site’s resources specifically geared toward students and their families.

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