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Financial Aid

A college education is one of the largest financial investments you'll make for your future. You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a program and a school that's right for you, all of which cost some money and most of which cost a lot. Fortunately, you also have several options when it comes to managing your financial commitment.

Whether you are just now exploring how much college costs or planning your continued education, you may feel a little overwhelmed. Don't let that stop you from pursuing your dreams. Remember:

  • The money you spend now is an investment.
    • With a college education, you can earn up to $800,000 more over your lifetime than you would with only a high school diploma, according to a 2007 College Board study.
    • With costs rising yearly, a semester of college costs less now than it will later on.
  • You can find ways to reduce your cost.
    • Pursue scholarships and grants. Continue to be involved in activities and organizations to develop your skill base, and search out scholarship and grant opportunities throughout your school years.
    • Savings and earnings can help pay for tuition, fees, housing and daily expenses. Every little bit helps, so weigh your spending decisions carefully.
    • Financial aid is available for students. Fill out financial aid forms each year you enroll in higher education.


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