Getting an education is one of life's great accomplishments, and, just like many valuable things, it's not cheap. Before we pick our major and wonder about our dorm roommate's strange habits, most of us have to think about how we (or our parents) will pay for college, and most of us will need some type of financial aid.
Financial aid can come in the form of student loans, grants or scholarships. Some financial aid requires that you pay it back after you finish school, while other help doesn't have to be paid back. Grants or scholarships can be based on financial need, good grades or just about anything else. The bottom line is that there are a lot of opportunities out there, and if you find what's right for you, you can get a great education without having to live on ramen noodles from now until retirement.
Read on for 5 tips for successfully riding the financial aid roller coaster.