Resource Guide: Online Financial Tools Can Help First-Gen Students Reach Their College Completion Goals

"There are now far more tools available online to help students and their families get a baseline understanding of college costs and financial aid resources," according to the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation blog. "Some of my favorites: The BigFuture web site by the College Board, which includes, among other tools, a scholarship search tool, a customizable action plan and a well-designed resource section on paying for college. The College Board’s Net Price Calculator, which helps students and families estimate the net price of specific schools. The net price = (the cost of tuition + room and board + books + etc.) – (grants + scholarships for which students might be eligible). The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) website, which includes an interactive map that allows users to easily research financial aid programs by state. ... Online tools aren’t sufficient to prepare students from low-income families to navigate all the ins and outs of college affordability, but they’re an important resource. By accessing and exploring them early (even as early as middle school), families can ensure that they are better prepared to help their students make smart choices that help them get to and through college without overwhelming debt."

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