Paying for college is an overwhelming concern for most students and their parents. The cost of college continues to rise every year and some families even wonder if a college degree is worth the expense. As a private college counselor, I think most would agree it is.
Whether a family thinks they will qualify for financial aid or not, they should always fill out the FAFSA online. This should be submitted as soon after January 1st as possible. If students are applying to private colleges or universities, they should check with these schools to see if they need to submit the CSS as well.
Scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study on campus are the most common forms for financial help. Applying for scholarships is a wise idea for every student. In order to have success, students need to get started as soon as possible and follow a few specific steps to make your efforts worthwhile.