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Big Future - Just starting to learn about the college process? See real students' stories and advice about college with high-level information on Why GO, What to Do, and How to Pay.

College Checklist - The checklist is one of our most popular resources for students and parents. Use the checklist to find out what you can do to prepare yourself (or your child) for college.

FAFSA4caster - FAFSA4caster will help you get an early start on the financial aid process by:

FAFSA - Step by step instructions on completing the FAFSA can be found here.  Please remember the application is FREE to complete.

Scholarships - Scholarships are available throughout your college education. A number of privately operated scholarship search services charge fees ranging from $50 to over $500 to aid you in locating scholarships, often with varying degrees of success.  Here are some sources of FREE information about scholarships.

Maximizing Financial Aid

A common question we all receive as parents start thinking about the FAFSA is, “How can I maximize my financial aid eligibility?” This is a tougher question than it seems. We would never want to encourage anyone to do anything dishonest or illegal, but with such a complicated system, there are always loopholes that parents can take advantage of and should be aware of. The following are some of the strategies that can be used to honestly increase your eligibility for financial aid. A more thorough explanation of all these strategies and more information can be found at

These strategies will have the largest impact on need-based aid eligibility: