Paying for College Resources

VSAC's picks for exploring college costs and financial aid

The financial aid process can be complicated, with lots of considerations and paperwork! VSAC can help, starting with step 1: filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

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Find resources for saving and planning for college.

Do you need money for college? (PDF from Federal Student Aid)
  • how & when to apply for federal student aid
  • who's eligible for federal student aid
  • types of federal student aid 
  • how to fill out the FAFSA and more
bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/tools-calculators
  • parent loan repayment calculator
  • EFC calculator
  • college cost calculator and more
collegenavigator.gov
  • college searches
  • tuition and fee figures 
  • information on programs, majors, and admissions data
  • net prices and more
mappingyourfuture.org/money/calculators.cfm
  • savings calculator
  • student loan calculator
  • student loan debt/salary wizard and more
nebhe.org
  • Information on NEBHE’s Tuition Break program, which provides New England students with discounted tuition when they enroll in an approved program that isn’t offered by the public colleges or universities in their home states.
studentaid.ed.gov/sa/prepare-for-college/checklists
  • middle school and high school checklists by grade
  • videos on preparing for college
  • downloadable PDF of the complete College Preparation Checklist and more
studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation
  • Research federal loan forgiveness programs.
studentloanhero.com/calculators
  • Use various student loan calculators to calculate and compare multiple repayment options.
workcolleges.org 
  • Information on 7 federally recognized colleges that help reduce college costs through programs that enable students to combine real-world experience with classroom learning.
youtube.com/user/FederalStudentAid—videos on:
  • obtaining an FSA ID 
  • submitting a FAFSA and FAFSA tips for parents
  • managing student loans and more