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College can be expensive, but the return on investment will be worth if you make smart choices now. Follow these tips to make the most of your dollars for college.

Compare costs

Before you set foot on campus, use the Indiana College Costs Estimator to estimate the actual cost of attending any Indiana college, including any financial aid you receive.

Consider transferring credits

You may be able to reduce the total cost of your college education by starting at a community college where tuition is lower and transferring the credits you earn to a four-year college. Visit TransferIN.net to see how credits transfer among Indiana’s colleges, and be sure to check with your campus advisor to make sure your credits will count towards the specific degree you want.

Scout out scholarships

It takes a little work to apply to scholarships, but the payoff is worth it. Use Learn More Indiana’s resources to explore scholarships that match your characteristics. Read about maximizing scholarship opportunities, too.

File the FAFSA on time

You won’t want to miss out on financial aid because you failed to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by Indiana’s March 10 deadline. Check with your college to see if they have an earlier deadline or any other paperwork that needs to be filled out.

Borrow wisely and repay responsibly

If you think you’re going to have to borrow money for college, read up on student loans. Learn why you should choose federal loans first, how to spot a scam and more.

Finish faster

The sooner you earn your degree, the less you’ll spend on college. Learn More Indiana has tips on finishing faster.

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