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Financing your College

Paying for college can be daunting.  Students usually don't have money and have depended on their parents to get them through life so far.  But now you're ready to go out on your own and you're going to have to learn about using money wisely.  Maybe your parents can help with financing your college and maybe they can't.  

 

Luckily, in this country, we have a lot of resources to help you.  In addition to saving your own money or college savings plans, those include scholarships, grants, loans, state and federal subsidies and work study while in college. Learn where the money is in Indiana here.

 

 

Before you start calculating college costs, two things are very, very important.

1) The type of courses you take in school and the type of diploma you get when you graduate and 2) filing the FAFSA as early as possible.  

 

FAFSA (Free application for federal student aid) is an absolute must for anyone needing money to go to college.

 

Click here to understand the FAFSA process and make it easier and smoother for you.  Make sure you use the website:  www.fafsa.ed.gov (not .org)

 

Calculating how much college is going to cost depends on what school you want to attend.  Of course, you'll have to be accepted as a student at that school before you can actually go there but it sure is helpful to know in advance what that school will cost.  You can estimate college costs in Indiana schools here. 

 

Going to an Indiana school and living in Indiana has distinct advantages.  You will only pay in-state tuition.  If you go to a college in another state, you will have to pay out-of-state tuition and that is always higher.  Colleges serve the people of the state in which they reside.  

 

Academic Year: 2014-2015
Institution Tuition Room & Board Total
Ancilla College $13,730 No Room & Board $13,730
Anderson University $26,770 $9,250 $36,020
Ball State University $9,344 $8,460 $17,804
Bethel College $25,830 $7,780 $33,610
Butler University $35,652 $11,620 $47,272
Calumet College of St. Joseph $16,440 No Room & Board $16,440
DePauw University $42,746 $11,280 $54,026
Earlham College $42,870 $8,600 $51,470
Franklin College $28,185 $8,400 $36,585
Goshen College $29,700 $9,700 $39,400
Grace College $22,450 $8,168 $30,618
Hanover College $33,023 $10,050 $43,073
Holy Cross College $26,200 $9,494 $35,694
Huntington University $24,771 $8,306 $33,077
Indiana State University $8,216 $9,182 $17,398
Indiana Tech $24,860 $9,380 $34,240
Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne $7,950 $9,242 $17,192
Indiana University Bloomington $10,388 $9,494 $19,882
Indiana University East $6,787 No Room & Board $6,787
Indiana University Kokomo $6,810 No Room & Board $6,810
Indiana University Northwest $6,853 No Room & Board $6,853
Indiana University South Bend $6,905 $8,596 $15,501
Indiana University Southeast $6,827 $9,208 $16,035
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus $8,756 No Room & Board $8,756
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis $8,908 $8,702 $17,610
Indiana Wesleyan University $23,628 $7,560 $31,188
Ivy Tech Community College $3,859 No Room & Board $3,859
Manchester University $29,040 $9,300 $38,340
Marian University $29,400 $9,140 $38,540
Martin University $14,870 No Room & Board $14,870
Oakland City University $19,800 $8,700 $28,500
Purdue University $10,002 $10,300 $20,302
Purdue University Calumet $6,530 $7,717 $14,247
Purdue University North Central $7,352 No Room & Board $7,352
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology $40,449 $12,057 $52,506
Saint Joseph's College $27,700 $8,610 $36,310
Saint Mary's College $35,970 $10,930 $46,900
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College $28,226 $10,250 $38,476
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Online Program $496 No Room & Board $496
Taylor University $29,538 $8,283 $37,821
Trine University $29,300 $9,800 $39,100
University of Evansville $32,776 $10,880 $43,656
University of Indianapolis $25,154 $9,010 $34,164
University of Notre Dame $46,237 $13,224 $59,461
University of Saint Francis $25,930 $8,524 $34,454
University of Southern Indiana $6,636 $7,928 $14,564
Valparaiso University $34,760 $10,180 $44,940
Vincennes University $5,174
plus Program Fees
$8,732 $13,906
plus Program Fees
Wabash College $37,750 $8,730 $46,480
Western Governors University $6,070 No Room & Board $6,070

 

 Understand the basics of financial aid in this video:

 

 

 

College & Scholarship Resource

1. links to 70 online scholarship search sites...virtually every such site that exists.

2. an online GPA calculator that will accurately calculate up to 50 grades instantly.

3. links to colleges with comprehensive programs for students with learning and other disabilities.

4. links to Catholic and Christian colleges by state.

5. Information on online colleges, community colleges, and four-year colleges by state.  

 

 In addition, the site offers a complete list of historically black colleges and universities,lists of career colleges by state, information on colleges for women, online applications for four-year colleges and universities, specific and general career information, financial aid definitions and instructions, and dozens of articles designed to assist both traditional and adult students.

   

 

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