College Planning Guide

Where to find the cash for college

Grants, scholarships, loans, work-study opportunities -- there's more financial aid out there than you might imagine. In fact, the majority of college students receive some form of financial aid every year. Why not you?

You may be eligible for need-based grants, scholarships and work-study programs because of your financial situation.

And you may be considered for merit-based scholarships based on your grades, talents, community service, or life experience.

Both need- and merit-based aid are available from the federal government, state governments, employers, clubs, organizations, and many other sources.

Did you know, too, that there are sources of aid such as unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans that are available regardless of financial need?

Of course, the earlier you start looking for aid, the better. That's why we urge you to take time now to explore all of your options.

Start with Student Aid on the Web, the U.S. Department of Education's online guide to funding your college education, then check in with your high school guidance counselor to talk money.

And be sure to come back to myIthaca for additional tips on paying for college and more!