By Sandy Donovan
Worried about paying for college?
It's true that college costs are rising, but there's plenty of help available for you and your family. Loans, scholarships, grants and other types of financial aid make higher education affordable for millions of students. Regardless of your family's financial situation, most students qualify for some type of aid.
Get started by filling out the national Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Then contact the financial aid office at the school you want to attend. They can explain more about the types of aid available.
Many aid programs are based on financial need, but aid is also awarded based on test scores, athletic ability, military and other service commitments, and other interests, talents or affiliations.
Check out the links on this page to learn more about the financial aid process, grants, loans, scholarships, savings plans, tax credits and incentives, and more.