College Readiness - Financing College
Financing College

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grads 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. 

FAFSA and Grant Resources                     Scholarship Resources

Helpful Links

First Steps to Financial Readiness
Saving Money for College 
Student Aid Chart for Undergraduates 
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) 

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
Texas College Savings Plan (529 Investments)
529 College Savings Plans
LoneStar 529

Military Benefits
Children of Texas Veterans, disabled veterans, and veterans who transferred some of their Post 9/11 GI Benefits may be eligible to have tuition, housing, and books covered.  To learn more visit the following sites:
Hazlewood Act - Texas Veterans
Chapter 35 - Surviors and Disabled Veteran Benefits
Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits - Transferred GI Benefits

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