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How to Pay for College > What do I Need to Prepare for College?

Explore your career options, earn more money, and make lasting connections.

Going to college isn’t for everyone, but when you have a goal in mind and want

to make an investment in your future, a higher degree is often the answer.


Be realistic about your college budget. You never want to take out more student loans than you can afford to…

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Help Available

When looking for help, a good place to start is with your high school guidance counselor or the college admissions…

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We've prepared checklists for you to make sure that when you're trying to get financial aid, you're wasting as little…

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Why College?

Aside from the fact that a bachelor's degree is worth an average of $2.8 over a lifetime, college itself is…

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Choosing a School

There's no perfect fit for everyone, but you can start to narrow down your school options based on size, setting,…

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Tests Needed

Most colleges require your SAT or ACT scores for admittance. These can be taken in the spring of your junior…

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Applying to College

Regardless of how many schools you're applying to, you'll need to know your Social Security number, high school code, and…

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The above information is intended solely for general use. While every attempt has been made to ensure its accuracy, Frank makes no representations or warranties as to the validity or completeness of any information. Frank will not be responsible for any errors or omissions in this information, or for any losses or damages arising from its use. Please seek the assistance of a professional who knows your particular situation for personal financial advice.

We are not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education. Federal Student Aid (FSA), an office of the U.S. Department of Education, makes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and assistance available to the public for free at