Here's what you'll find in this section:
Calculate your costs of college
This video tells you about all the big and little costs that add up to the total cost of college.
The more you have in savings, the less you need in loans
Why saving money for college may be the best way to lower the cost of a student loan.
Keep your options open to keep your costs down
Why it makes financial and educational sense to apply to more than one or two colleges.
The more years you spend in college, the more you have to pay
In under 4 minutes, this video shows you how many students take more than 4 years to graduate college – and why they'd be better off finishing in four.
Will your college help you finish in 4 years?
Nine good questions to ask your school about how they can help you keep your education affordable and launch a good career.
Does it pay to work while you're in school?
Is it better to have a job while you’re in college or not? Here's how to find out if working works for you.
A guide to financial aid packages
This report from UAspire helps students and parents better understand financial aid award letters.
Test Your Knowledge:
This quick quiz helps you see if you're on the money about paying for college.
Best of the Web: College Expenses
Helpful links and sources for more information about the costs of college.
I checked out the College Money Matters website and I really, really like it. The way it’s organized is simple but effective, and it’s very easy to navigate. Also, the videos are super helpful.
I look forward to using this site with my students.This will be a great resource for them.
The financial component of applying to college can be very daunting. College Money Matters does an excellent job exploring the ins and outs of the financial process.
It’s great to have an independent resource for students that is not trying sell them something, just communicating information in an interactive format.
I love what I am seeing.
If only I had access to something like this when I was in high school, I wouldn’t be in the debt situation I’m in now. My parents did their best, but they really didn’t know, either.
I will certainly be using this with some of my clients in the future.
Looks good! It inspired me to start working on the FAFSA.
I never had very good guidance through this process before. Just going through your site makes me feel at ease.
What an amazing website! I'm sure that it'll be a great tool for many of my peers during their college search.
The College Money Matters website was very informative. My favorite part was playing the games about attending college.
Do you know the real costs of college? There’s much more to it than tuition. You also have to add in room and board, daily living, the cost of student loans, and many other things that don’t come free. Check out this topic to see how to calculate – and manage – your costs of college.