Selecting a School
How many schools should you apply to? Are more expensive schools really better? And most of all, how do you find a school you can afford today that can also help you get the career you want tomorrow? Choose this section to learn how to make good choices.
Everything in your college career has a price tag: tuition, room and board, daily living, and the student loans you may need to help pay for it all. This section helps you get to know those different costs and how to manage them.
What happens when you apply for financial aid? How do you get it, and when do you need to get in your applications for it? And what exactly is a FAFSA? Start discovering the answers in this section.
Over 60% of college students depend on student loans to help pay for their education. But not all loans are the same, and some can cost much more than others over time. Read this section to learn how different loans work and how to make the right choices for you.
Scholarships & Grants
College may be expensive, but don't let that scare you. There are ways to reduce its costs. Scholarships and grants can get you free money. Read this section to see how your grades and activities during high school can help you gain free money through scholarships and grants.
Test Your Knowledge
Paying for college can be a perilous adventure. Will you make the right choices? Play the College Crossroads, our interactive game, and take our Quick Quizzes to see how well you know the mistakes to avoid and the right choices to make.
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College Money Matters, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with one purpose: helping high school students and their families figure out how to make smart financial decisions about college. We are based on this simple idea: Any student able to get into college can learn how to avoid paying too much in loans.
Our focus is on reaching students and their families before they start borrowing money for college – so they can make smart decisions that maximize their college choices and minimize their debt. At College Money Matters, we really work to live up to our motto: We have no interest but yours.