College Affordability

Paying for college can seem confusing and complex. But it doesn't have to be.


Yes, a college education is invaluable, but figuring out how to pay for it can be daunting.

By being informed and knowing which steps to take, you can be well on your way to discovering how college can be affordable. Utilize the resources found on this page to help determine your financial path.

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How the FAFSA Works

While it may seem overwhelming, the FAFSA is as simple as following prompts and answering a few questions.

Complete the FAFSA Starting October 1
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Public vs. Private Colleges

Take a deeper look and you’ll find in many instances, a private education is as affordable as a public one.

Avoid sticker shock. Know what to look for.
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Merit vs. Need-Based Aid

When you combine various financial aid and scholarships, you maximize your funding opportunities.

Maximize financial aid. Minimize worries.
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Financial Aid 101

Financial aid at any school might include a combination of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study.

Create your financial aid package

College Affordability Blog

Our student financial services team wants to help you better understand the financial aid process and the ins and outs of paying for college. Check out some of their best advice and tips in the College Affordability Blog.

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Christy MajorsMeet Our Expert

Christy Majors is associate vice president for Student Financial Services at Queens University of Charlotte. She has a passion for financial literacy and helping students understand the financial aspects of achieving a college education. Learn More »

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