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Welcome to Money Boot Camp! Whether you are thinking about a 2 year or 4 year college program, a technical college or program, or a training program leading to a certification, it’s important to plan for what you will be studying, where you will enroll and how you will pay for it. The resources on this website are designed to help you as you make these decisions.
Saving for College: The WHY, WHEN and HOW (PDF) – RAISE Texas announces the release of its new guide, “Saving for College: The Why, When, and How – A guide of college savings products for Texans”, designed to provide an overview of the college savings products that are available for families to start saving for their child’s college education. We believe this guide will make it easier for families to understand the importance of saving for college and how to get started!
Know How to Go!! – This site provides information and resources for students in middle school through high school, and adults who mentor them, that will help them prepare for post-secondary education.
Own Your Own Future – Start your journey to making your college dream a reality here!
College for All Texans – Everything you need to plan for college including a College Locator to find colleges in Texas, a tool to help find colleges that are a good match for you and a net-cost calculator.
College Navigator – As you are looking for the best college fit for you, check out College Navigator. This site can provide information about the demographics of an institution, diversity, the majors offered and numerous other factors to consider.
Federal Student Aid – This comprehensive Department of Education site provides information and resources on how to prepare for college, what types of aid are available, how to qualify and apply for aid and how to manage student loans. The following videos help explain aspects of applying for, receiving and repaying different types of federal financial aid.
- Overview of the Financial Aid Process
- FAFSA Overview
- How to Fill Out the FAFSA
- FAFSA: Determining Your Dependency Status
- After the FAFSA: What Happens Next
- Federal Student Aid – Myths about Financial Aid
- Types of Federal Student Aid
- Responsible Borrowing
- Repayment: What to Expect
- How to Manage Your Student Loans
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – The online application for completing the FAFSA. This form is required for determining eligibility for federal student aid and is used by colleges and universities for determining other financial aid.
FinAid – The SmartStudent™ Guide to Financial Aid. Information for students, parents and educators on all aspects of paying for college.
College Scorecard – College Scorecards from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center can help you search for a college that will be a good fit for you. The College Scorecard can help you find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend. You can search based on factors such as programs and majors, location, and size.
Financial Aid Shopping Sheet (PDF) – This consumer tool is being used by over 2000 institutions to notify students about their financial aid package. It is a standardized form that is designed to simplify the information provided to prospective students and their parents about college costs and financial aid. The tool can be used to compare financial aid offered by different institutions and help in the college decision making process.
Big Future – This College Board site provides resources for students and parents to develop a plan for college.
Check back often for any new resources posted!
Last updated: July 18, 2015