Taking the ACT and SAT on a budget
College admissions fees — for tests, test prep, and college applications — add up fast. Here’s a way to cut costs.
Struggles many first-generation college students face
As a former first-generation college student who is now a professor, I have experience with the struggles that many first-generation students encounter on campus.
Organizations that want to help first-gen college students find the right school
These groups want to help high-need, low-income, minority, and first-to-college students find the right school — and the funds to finance it.
Community college conundrum
It's cheap, it's easy, but is it a path to higher education? One mother finds out when her dropout son enrolls.
Skipping college costs students millions over a lifetime.
It's millions of dollars lost to the person without a college degree — and the loss comes in more than salary.
Tips to help your child be the first to go to college
To get your child successfully through high school and into college, here’s what to do, resources you can rely on, and some hurdles to expect.
If they can afford it — is paying for college a parent's duty?
Paying for college is no small task. When it comes to finances, adulthood, and parents' responsibility for their child's education, determining where to draw the line can be tough.
7 insider tips on paying for college
Financial expert Kent Smetters outlines the good, the bad, and the highly recommended when it comes to planning for how you'll pay for college.
Helpful tips: How to pay for college
A book that offers a parents a practical path to the unthinkable: a paid college education for their children.
More Cal student loan defaults
Troubling increase in students unable to pay
Financial aid for students with LD: Guides and resources
Financial assistance is available for students with LD of all ages, through many resources.
Savings clubs can supplement a college fund
Looking for a good addition to your financial plan? You may wish to consider a number of college savings plans.
Federal loans: how the borrowing process works
Federal loans are the largest form of student aid, making up 41% of the total aid awarded to undergraduates each year. Here's a primer on the process.
What college costs... really
How much money will you need for college? We’ve broken it down for you, including often-overlooked and hidden expenses.
Great ways to fund a college education
From scholarships to tuition tax credits to savings clubs, there are a number of ways to make college affordable.
Can you spot a scholarship scam?
Families eager to find scholarships can become easy targets for financial aid con artists. Here's how to be a smart consumer.