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Paying for College

 
paying for college – Skyview High School
 
It's never too early to have the 'money talk.' Paying for college is an important aspect to consider when planning for your future.
 
Focus on Net Price, Not Sticker Price!
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Your net price is a college's sticker price for tuition and fees minus the grants, scholarships and education tax benefits you receive. 
 
The net price you pay for a particular college is specific to you because it's based on your personal circumstances and the college's financial aid policies.
 
What Is a College Net Price Calculator?

A college net price calculator is a free online tool that gives you a personalized estimate of net price. Check out net price calculators for hundreds of colleges.

Net Price Calculator (NPC) - Education Professionals

 
 
 
SOME Programs/Resources that can help to reduce college costs:
 
An Inside Look at the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) · Westface  College Planning What is WUE? | Admissions & Student Outreach | CSUSM
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE, pronounced “woo-wee”) is a regional tuition savings agreement administered by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). WUE enables students from one of 16 WICHE states and territories in the Western U.S. to enroll as nonresidents in 160+ participating public colleges and universities and pay 150 percent (or less) of the enrolling institution’s resident tuition—which annually saves students an average of $9,610 each on the cost of nonresident tuition.
 
  • Colleges who meet 100% Financial Need
List of Colleges That Meet 100% of Financial Need
 
Colleges that "meet full need" will offer admitted students enough financial aid to cover the difference between a college's price of attendance and a family's ability to pay. Many of these schools are highly selective private universities. They are able to cover higher amounts of need given their wealth status and large endowments.
 
 
This isPosse Foundation (@possefoundation) / Twitter scholarship program that is NOT need-based. The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains individuals with extraordinary leadership potential. Posse Scholars receive full-tuition leadership scholarship at one of their partner colleges and universities.  
 
 
 
  • QUESTBRIDGE - 11th/12th Grade  https://www.questbridge.org/   - QuestBridge | Admission & Financial AidQuestBridge is a non-profit organization that helps high-achieving, low-income students gain admission and scholarships to over 45 of the country's top ranked-colleges. QuestBridge does this by partnering with these schools to identify and support students who otherwise may not apply to leading colleges. They seek high achieving (typically top 5-10% in their class), first generation, and those who come from households that typically earns less than $65,000 annually for a household of four. Students who come from a household earning more than this amount but feel that they have faced economic hardship and fit the QuestBridge criteria with being high-achieving, low-income, are also encouraged to apply. 
 
 
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