Calculate how much financial aid you will need to afford the college of your choice
Understand all student costs involved, besides tuition
Know what the college might truly cost you - the net price (which is tuition minus grants & scholarships)
Rely on family friends to share ideas about how you can afford college
Begin saving early for college - birthday money, high school jobs, anything you can to help pay for college later
Work hard in school! A great report card not only makes your application look great to colleges, but it can also help **pay** for your tuition in the form of grants & scholarships.
Be active in clubs and organizations in high school in areas you\'re passionate about (playing sports, volunteering, etc.). This can also lead to scholarship opportunities.
Take the PSAT/NMSQT tests, which, if passed, qualify you into the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Research various types of financial aid available (like the differences between a grant and a loan)
If you have time, consider taking a class for college credit while in high school
Once you hone in on your top college picks, begin researching scholarship opportunities
If your school offers an informational event about college financial aid, definitely attend!
Gather all documents associated with financial aid applications and fill them out.
Complete your FAFSA
Take note of all deadlines for applications
Find out which colleges your interested in (if any) might require you to complete CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
Apply to both local and private scholarships
Compare financial aid awards from the colleges who\'ve offered you financial assistance
Be sure to confirm a financial aid package by its deadline
Contact any college\'s financial aid office, if needed, to clarify any misinformation or discrepancies
Complete the remainder of any financial aid documents to be submitted
Now, you are ready to pay for the first tuition bill of college :)
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