Paying for College

College Affordability and Transparency Center – This is the U.S. Department of Education’s tool allowing students to get a view of how much their college education will cost. This will allow students to appraise their chosen institutions based on cost of attendance, as well as available student aid, to determine the school’s overall affordability.

Financially Friendly Colleges – This college data article instructs students to finding “financially friendly” colleges. These schools leave the average student paying the lowest out of pocket amount. This may be due to low cost, generous financial aid packages.

KHEAA: Paying for College – resources from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority include include information about Federal programs, savings programs, private loans, KHEAA-administered programs, and printable FAFSA checklist and more.

Net Price Calculator – This tool allows students to compare their personal financial information to the school of their choice to determine if they can afford an education at that institution.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Can Help You Afford College – This page gives an overview of “financial aid,” explaining the types of aid, how to qualify for it, and listings of other resources for understanding how individual aid applies to different institutions. It also links to a page that helps students understand their financial aid award letters so that they choose the awards that will best suit their needs.

Financial Aid Glossary – This is a glossary of terms associated with college admissions, with emphasis on financial aid.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – This is the application for federal student aid. The completed application determines students’ eligibility for financial aid from the federal government, which is to help pay for education expenses at an eligible college or career school. It includes grants, loans and work-study are types of federal student aid. Students must complete the FAFSA in order to receive Federal Student Aid.


FinAid – This is a comprehensive source of student financial aid information. It includes general financial aid information, such as the various types of aid along with links to numerous other online financial aid resources.

Fastweb – College and scholarship search tool that compares the student’s background with a database of awards.

One Stop Scholarship Search – This tool allows students to search through more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities.

Big Future Scholarship Search – This is the College Board’s scholarship search. Students create profiles including their personal information, education level, and family background and are presented with a list of scholarships for which they may be eligible.

Scholarship scams – A warning from the Federal Trade Commission on being a savvy and safe scholarship seeker.

QuestBridge – This non-profit organization offers scholarships to summer college school programs as well as all-expense-paid weekend visits to top-ranked colleges. Deadline is usually March 31 of each year.