Saving, Planning and Paying for College

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The Fund offers a free, do-it-yourself toolkit to allow groups to host their own workshops.

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Students at a Paying for College workshop in Yakima, WA

Studies by The Sallie Mae Fund and others indicate that there is an "information divide" when it comes to knowledge of financial aid among low-income and minority populations. Financial aid awareness is a key predictor of whether a student attends college, yet those who have the greatest need for information actually have the least access to it. Nearly three out of four young adults indicated that they would have been more likely to attend college if they had been aware of their financial aid options.

The Fund's free Saving, Planning and Paying for College workshop series helps families navigate the process of preparing for and funding higher education. Since 2001, The Fund has presented more than 1,600 workshops to over 234,000 students and parents.

Workshops cover:

  • Benefits of continuing education beyond high school
  • Admissions
  • Saving for college
  • The financial aid process
  • Types of financial aid
  • Scholarships
  • Resources available to help families save, plan and pay for college

The Fund partners with high schools and nonprofit organizations to host free workshops across the country. The Fund provides the presenter and materials, and partners are asked to provide facilities and logistical support. To request a workshop in your community, contact The Fund.

The Fund also offers a free, do-it-yourself toolkit to allow financial aid advisors, college admissions officers, high school guidance counselors and other local groups to host their own workshops.