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    Let's talk about college!
     
    Many students don't consider the idea of going to college because of the enormous cost. Luckily, there are many resources available to help you pay for college. Here we will give you resources and strategies to alleviate financial stress and a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities.
     
    Here are a few tips:
     
    #1  Use a Net Price Calculator to gather information on what particular schools cost.  
    • Net Price Calculators allow you to enter in your information to find out what similar students paid (found on university webpages).
    • College Board has a guide to help interpret and compare calculated results.
     
    #2  Apply to at least one Financial Safety School 
    • An FSS is a school that the student can afford with little to no financial assistance.
    • For a lot of students, this includes Aims Community College.  
     
    #3  Register for the Colorado College Opportunity Fund (COF) 
    • COF is a stipend for all Colorado residents who will be attending a participating public college or university
    • The stipend is $116 per credit hour, up to $2600 for the school year. 
     
    #4   Apply for Free Application for Financial Aid or CASFA
    • It is in your best interest to complete a FAFSA or CASFA application as soon as possible. 
    • FAFSA offers information about savings, loans, calculators and preparing for the financial future.
     
    #5   Apply for Scholarships!
    • Scholarships offer FREE MONEY for college if you take the time to apply. We have tons of resources to help you find literally thousands of scholarship opportunities. 
    • Visit The Future Center in room 113 for additional help with scholarship searches. 
     
    #6  Claim AP Credit and Shorten Your Time in College
    • You can shorten your stay in college and reduce the cost by claiming AP credit from classes at Central.
    • Most colleges will list what tests/scores qualify for college credit through their institution. 
     
    #7  Use the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE
    • An option to consider if you want to go to college out-of-state. Students are eligible to pay 50% of the resident tuition.
    • Participating states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. 
     
    #8  Start at a Community College (Junior College) 
    • It can be a very wise idea to complete your general requirements for the first two years at a community college and then transfer to a 4-year, in-state college or university later.  
    • NOTE: Many Colorado junior colleges state "guaranteed transfers," but that doesn't mean they will always fulfill specific degree and/or major requirements. You should be careful and check to ensure your first two years at a community college is worth your while.