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Some Tools And Tricks For College Financial Aid
First lady Michelle Obama speaks to students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, during a workshop to help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Mrs. Obama told students that filling out the FAFSA is a pivotal step toward finishing their education beyond high school. (AP)

First lady Michelle Obama speaks to students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, during a workshop to help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Mrs. Obama told students that filling out the FAFSA is a pivotal step toward finishing their education beyond high school. (AP)

It’s college decision time for many students and their families, and it can be especially hard to figure out how to pay for the growing costs of higher education. Our guests from our April 17 hour on navigating financial aid suggested a few great tools for using the available financial aid packages to your best advantage, and we’ve included a few here below.

FAFSA, the official government site for student aid

College Navigator, a consumer info site with data for individual colleges and costs

Filing the FAFSA“, guest Mark Kantrowitz’s great e-book guide to filing for aid

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