Get the low-down on financial aid

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Paying for college doesn’t have to be so complicated. Here are top tips to get you the aid you need and help you save money on tuition.

•    Talk to a financial aid counselor. Ask your guidance counselor for advice on finding a financial aid counselor. There may be organizations in your community who work with students to help them find the best option to pay for college.

•    Get counsel from the school you’ll be attending. Their financial aid staff wants to help you. They’re a great source for information about aid.

•    Look to the government first. Financial aid through the federal government is usually the first and best choice. Visit finaid.org to learn more. Be sure to fill it out every year.

•    Take advantage of discounts. Some schools will discount your tuition if you pay early.

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