College Readiness - Financing College


While considering College options, be sure to look at some possible financing options for your college venture.  There are many ways that you can finance college, and this page is a resource to help your answer your questions about making college affordable for your and your family.

First Steps to Financial Readiness
How much will that college really cost?
Saving Money for College 
Student Aid Chart for Undergraduates 
Financial Aid Resources (National Association of College Admission Counseling) 
Texas Financial Aid Programs 
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Understanding College Costs 
College Costs: FAQs
Federal Student Aid
U.S. Government Comprehensive Student Finance Guide


Tuition Tools
Student loan comparison tool to help students and their families make informed borrowing decisions.
Simple Tuition 

Financial Terms
Glossary of Terms (U.S. Dept. of Education)
Financial Aid Terms (UNT)

Tuition Calculators

Student Loan Calculator 
College Financing Calculators
Interactive Savings Plan Calculators



Parent Information
Financial advice from National Association for College Admission Counseling


Education Savings Plans
These are an designed as an effort to pre-pay anticipated college expenses and opportunities.  These investments also have the opportunity to receive tax benefits if basic plan requirements are met.
Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan
529 College Savings Plans


Student Loans

Low interest loans offered by the federal government.
College Board Student Loan Calculator

Comparing Financial Aid Awards

College Loans: Your Strategy 


Work-Study Programs
Jobs (on or off campus) provided by the federal government for eligible college students with financial need.
Federal Work-Study Program