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Of dreams and dollars:
The college financing balancing act

There’s a lot that goes into a college education. And there’s a lot you’ll get out of it, too. The important thing is to be sure that the time and money you invest in college will help you get the results you want in the future.

Read this section to gain an understanding of what you need to do, and when you need to do it, so you can make the best educational and financial choices for your college career – and beyond.

The real costs of college

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 will help you find out what you need to know about those different costs, and how to navigate your way through them, so you keep your options open and stay in control of your financial situation.

Loans: the good, the bad and the ugly

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.

Read through this section to learn what types of loans might work best for you, how much they might cost you, and how to make the right kind of choices at the beginning of your college years so your loans won’t become too much of a financial burden when it comes time to pay them off.

Scholarships, savings and grants - Oh my!

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. And the more you have in personal savings, the less you may have to pay in loans.

Read this section to see how your grades in high school, your activities around your community, your need, and maybe even some supportive relatives can help pay for a part of your college education – and in that way, lower its cost for you.

Play "College Crossroads" – See how far you can go!

Paying for college can be a perilous adventure. Will you make the right choices? Play this interactive game again and again to discover the myths that can lead you astray, the mistakes you'd do well to avoid, and the decisions you can make to best help yourself succeed.

After all, in the game of life, it's all about the choices you make!

Test your knowledge

The whole purpose of this website is to help you gain a better understanding of what goes into paying for college. But how can you tell how much you’ve learned – or if you’ve learned what you need to know? To help you get a sense of that, we’ve created a set of short quizzes – one for each main section of this site – that you can access at any time. You won’t get graded, but you will be able to tell if you’re learning what you need to know.