Pocket Guide to College Financial Aid

College Financial Aid refers to money from a variety of sources used to help pay college costs. Our 10-page Pocket Guide helps you understand Financial Aid Lingo, Forms, Formulas, and Sources. Get started on your way to navigating college financial aid with confidence!

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What Do Reach, Match, and Safety REALLY Mean?

A successful list of colleges to apply to is built on realistic expectations of your acceptance into each school. This 18-minute video helps you assess your application the way admissions officers do, and sensibly gauge whether a college of interest is a Reach, Match, or Safety for you.

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How Colleges Build Financial Aid Packages

Learn the secrets of college financial aid before you apply to college. This 12-minute video shows you how to estimate your likely net price at any college of interest. This understanding will help you develop strategies that can save thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars, in overall college costs.

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Understand Net Price

Net Price is the amount of money you are responsible to pay annually towards the cost of attending college. Learn about Net Price, what goes into it, what affects it, and how to calculate it, with our handy infographic.

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How to Assess Reach, Match, Safety

Reach, Match, and Safety have to do with the likelihood of your acceptance to a college. Learn what these terms mean and how to realistically measure your odds at any college of interest with this useful infographic.

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Estimate your EFC

EFC is “Expected Family Contribution,” and the minimum amount of money your family is expected to pay each year toward college costs. This infographic provides a snapshot of EFC estimates based on parent income alone.

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