Step One

Understand Financial Aid & Merit Scholarships

Searching for merit scholarships and understanding financial aid application requirements shouldn’t be taken lightly. This stage requires you to roll up your sleeves.

What You Need to Know

Financial Aid and More: How to Pay for College With No Money

For many families, saving up enough money to cover the entire cost of their children’s higher education just isn’t possible.

CSS Profile vs FAFSA: What’s the Difference?

There are two main financial aid forms: the FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and the

How to Make Affordable Colleges Even More Affordable

This story was written by Elizabeth, a member of R2C’s Paying for College 101 (PFC 101) Facebook group, where it

How to Find Scholarships

Everyone wants to know how to find college scholarships. The first step is to understand what type of scholarships you’re

Essential College Tuition Facts

When it comes to choosing a college, price is one of the top considerations, and tuition the largest part of

University of Notre Dame Merit Scholarships

Finding individual college merit scholarship information can take a lot of time. Instead, we’ve gathered the statistics you need to

Step Two

Understand Types of Colleges

It’s true that one school doesn’t fit all. So, it’s up to you to learn about the variety of schools out there and which type will best suit your student.

What You Need to Know

PROOF POINTS: Why elite colleges won’t give up legacy admissions

This story about legacy admissions was written by Jill Barshay and produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused

A Community Member Shares HBCU Scholarship and College Application Tips

This story was first published in our Paying for College 101 Facebook community. It’s been edited for clarity and flow. 

How to Get Into Highly Rejective Colleges

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Everything You Need to Know About Applying to the California State University System

There are two public university systems within the state of California: the University of California (UC) and the California State

Should Your Student Consider a Canadian Degree?

More than 4,300 degree-granting institutions exist in the United States (US), but the best choice for your child may lie

Colleges and Universities That Are Need Blind

As the name implies, need blind colleges and universities promise to ignore a family’s ability to pay tuition when making

Step Three

Use College Search Resources & Tools

Tools and resources like guide books and school websites can be tremendously helpful. Use them often.

What You Need to Know

PROOF POINTS: Why elite colleges won’t give up legacy admissions

This story about legacy admissions was written by Jill Barshay and produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused

A Community Member Shares HBCU Scholarship and College Application Tips

This story was first published in our Paying for College 101 Facebook community. It’s been edited for clarity and flow. 

How to Get Into Highly Rejective Colleges

This story was originally published in R2C’s Paying for College 101 (PFC 101) Facebook group. It has been edited for

You Should Be Asking These Questions About Financial Aid

This article was sponsored by College Ave Student Loans. College Ave takes the stress out of paying for college so

Why You Should Research a College’s Career Service Center Before Enrolling

There’s a lot to consider when helping your child make the best possible decision on where to go to college.

Best-Selling College Guides

With thousands of US colleges and universities to choose from, it’s no wonder students and parents alike find the application

Step Four

Plan College Visits

There’s nothing like seeing a school up close and in person, but it may not be possible. Know the right questions to ask—whether it’s IRL or virtually.

What You Need to Know

What to Look Out for on College Tours

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A Parent Shares Real-Life Tips on How to Get Into College

This story was originally published in our Paying for College 101 (PFC 101) group. It has been edited for clarity

A Community Member Shares HBCU Scholarship and College Application Tips

This story was first published in our Paying for College 101 Facebook community. It’s been edited for clarity and flow. 

Engineering Colleges: My Son’s Admissions Journey

This story was originally published in our Paying for College 101 (PFC 101) group. It has been edited for clarity

College Interview Questions You Can Expect

College interviews can be intimidating. While pretty much every other aspect of the application process takes place from behind the

Is Your College Financially Healthy?

Your student has worked hard to make their list of preferred colleges, visited them in person or virtually, written the

Step Five

Build a College List

The list drives everything. It's what you and your student will build their entire roadmap on. Being able to differentiate between wants and needs is an important step in narrowing down the list.

What You Need to Know

PROOF POINTS: Why elite colleges won’t give up legacy admissions

This story about legacy admissions was written by Jill Barshay and produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused

A Community Member Shares HBCU Scholarship and College Application Tips

This story was first published in our Paying for College 101 Facebook community. It’s been edited for clarity and flow. 

Engineering Colleges: My Son’s Admissions Journey

This story was originally published in our Paying for College 101 (PFC 101) group. It has been edited for clarity

How to Make Affordable Colleges Even More Affordable

This story was written by Elizabeth, a member of R2C’s Paying for College 101 (PFC 101) Facebook group, where it

How to Get Into Highly Rejective Colleges

This story was originally published in R2C’s Paying for College 101 (PFC 101) Facebook group. It has been edited for

Colleges and Universities That Are Need Blind

As the name implies, need blind colleges and universities promise to ignore a family’s ability to pay tuition when making

Tools & Services Recommended for You

There may come a time when you realize you can’t do it all alone. Use any of the many tools in our toolbox to assist you on the road to college.

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