There is no doubt that college tuition is a significant investment.
To get an idea of how much a particular college may cost, go online and calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is the general approximate amount that colleges will expect the family to pay for tuition each year. Beyond that, many colleges will provide need-based aid and some provide merit-based aid.
In October, complete the FAFSA, even if you don’t think you will qualify for need-based aid. Many scholarships require it. We host a Financial Aid/FAFSA evening each October.
Students looking for merit aid should consider colleges at which they would be in the top 20% of applicants.
Read the financial aid pages on each college’s website carefully and note extra applications or deadlines for scholarships. Colleges usually post their academic qualifications for merit scholarships.