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5 Simple Steps to Help Pay for College

Published on January 11, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman

(MERIDIAN) In Idaho, roughly 25% of the population is a college graduate—and you have decided you are going to be one of them. You have just made one of the biggest decisions of your life.

Now that you have chosen to pursue a degree, the two biggest questions are: How much is it going to cost and how am I going to pay for it? Believe it or not, Broadview University has five simple steps you can follow to help pay for school.

1.      Calculate the Cost of College

The first thing you should do after picking a school is to calculate the cost of college. The total cost—tuition, fees, books, and time out of the workforce—should be considered. Broadview University has an online net price calculator that can help give you a rough estimate of living and college expenses.

2.       Visit Financial Aid

It is important to remember that you do not have to figure out everything alone. Many people put off going to college because they are afraid it will cost too much. The financial aid department at Broadview University-Boise campus offers one-on-one meetings to help determine which options are best for you.

 3.      Ask About Scholarship Opportunities

Once you get to financial aid, be sure to ask about scholarship opportunities. Scholarships do not have to be paid back, and there are hundreds upon hundreds available nationwide. Broadview University even has several scholarship opportunities for those who qualify, including—but not limited to—military, high school, and community service.

 4.      Inquire About Credit for Prior Learning & Work Experience

Have you attended college before? Or do you have any work experience? If the answer to either of these questions is ‘yes’ then you may be able to reduce your overall cost and speed up your degree completion date. Students who receive credit for prior learning and/or work experience do NOT have to pay for these credits. Be sure and talk to an admissions representative for more information.

 5.      Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The best way to determine financial need is to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is commonly referred to as FAFSA, and one should be filled out each year a student attends college. This application helps determine eligibility for Pell and other federal grants. Online applications for federal consideration must be submitted by midnight Central Time on June 30, 2014. The school code for Broadview University-Boise campus is 011166. The financial aid department can also help you fill out this form.

Every student—current and prospective—should continually explore all of the financial opportunities available. The financial aid department at Broadview University is the best way to help. You can make an appointment by calling (208) 577-2900.

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