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It is a common misconception that financial aid is not available for online learners, adults returning to college or entering college for the first time. Financial assistance is available in many forms ranging from government aid to industry-specific aid.

To find out how much tuition and fees are going to be at the institution you would like to attend, visit the Admissions and tuition and fee websites of the institution.

Calculating the cost of college doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The Department of Education and the states are here to help you with state specific information.  FAFSA4caster is a free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. This information helps you plan ahead for college. 

Once you are ready to apply for financial aid, the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form required to apply for student aid. Forms are available at college or university financial aid offices or online at

In addition to the state links below, visit the U.S. Department of Education website for information - College Affordability and Transparency Center. Here you can find information about how much it costs students to attend different colleges, how fast those costs are going up and information about why they are going up.


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