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Paying for college can be intimidating, but you can manage it by being proactive. Start by comparing college costs before you enroll and find financial aid to help offset the cost of tuition.

Compare college costs with the

Indiana College Costs Estimator. The Indiana College Costs Estimator provides your estimated net cost (what you actually pay) of attending any Indiana college, after your financial aid package has been applied. Check it out before you apply. Some college options may be more affordable than you think!

File your FAFSA.

The first step to qualifying for financial aid is filing your FAFSA by Indiana’s March 10 deadline (some colleges have even earlier deadlines). Some types of federal, state and institutional (from your college) aid will be automatically awarded, but only if your FAFSA is on file. Read more about the financial aid process.

Search for scholarships.

Follow Learn More Indiana’s advice on finding scholarships.

Follow through.

If you have high grades, you may qualify for merit-based financial aid. Don’t risk losing the money by slacking off your senior year, even if you’ve already been accepted to your college of choice. If you’re a Twenty-first Century Scholar, make sure you complete the requirements to earn up to four years of tuition at a participating Indiana college.

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