Paying for College

You’re almost there! Visualize yourself in your cap and gown on graduation day, about to receive your college diploma! But first things first.

Plan Early

College is expensive, so you need to start planning early to find the financial assistance you need. If you haven’t already done so, go to a bank or credit union and open a college savings account. Save your money and make regular deposits.

Let the cool jeans and sneakers take a back seat to your long-term college and career goals. $ave, $ave, $ave!

If you’re a senior, note the financial awards offered by each college or university where you’ve been accepted. Contact the financial aid officer at any college that does not offer a full financial package, and ask about additional financial support.

Details Details Details

Take careful notes so that you can make an informed choice.From your school counselor, request information on scholarships, grants and loans. Go online to research every possible financial option. The link below will give you information on many scholarship opportunities. Be sure to observe the deadlines and eligibility criteria for each one. Some are sure to be a perfect fit!

A Great Scholarship Opportunity

The Ron Brown Scholar Program identifies African-American high school seniors who have the potential to make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be US citizens or hold permanent resident visas. Please visit the Ron Brown Scholar Program site ( for additional information.