Preparing for college long before you step foot on campus is the first step toward making wise decisions and avoiding excessive student loan debt. INvestEd has pages of information on important topics to help you as you prepare for this exciting journey of going to college.
Saving for College
There are many benefits to start saving early for college, and it may be easier than you think. 529 College Savings Plans are a great way to save due to low contribution requirements and Indiana tax breaks! Any amount you save can ultimately lower the amount or eliminate the need for student loans.
Choosing Your Career and Major
One of the hardest decisions involved in planning for college is deciding what career you want to go into afterwards, and what major will give you the best shot at making it there. There are several tools available to help you narrow down your choices and give you an idea of what options are out there.
One of the most under-utilized sources of college funding are scholarships. Scholarships of all types and amounts are out there — you just have to find them! We’ve got great tools to help you find these great sources of free education dollars.
Choosing Your School
There are online tools and practical steps a student can take when searching for the right college. Doing research and making the right choice now can avoid unnecessary debt due to changing schools in the future!
Completing / Filing the FAFSA
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the most important form in the financial aid process. It’s FREE and determines your eligibility for both state and federal aid. Most colleges require the FAFSA to determine your need for institutional scholarships and grants as well.