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Personal Finance: College

ALA Recommended Books

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  • Choosing a Vocational School   An overview of vocational schools from the Federal Trade Commission.
  • College Cost Calculator   Determine estimated costs and expenses of college by using this calculator.
  • College Reality Check   This resource from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shares facts and figures that can help students and their families with higher education decisions.
  • FAFSA   The starting point for obtaining financial aid.
  • FAFSA Guide   A guide for filling out the FAFSA by
  • Federal Student Aid   Detailed information about federal student aid—from getting ready to apply to repaying student loans.
  • Paying for College   Resource to help make decisions about financing college from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Scholarship Finder   A site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor to search for scholarship opportunities.
  • Student Budget Calculator   A calculator to assist students in budgeting from
  • Student Loan Repayment Estimator   A calculator from the U.S. Department of Education to help borrowers compare different repayment plans.
  • Tips for Choosing College Savings Options   Information compiled by FINRA for choosing college savings plans.
  • Understanding Net Price   A primer from the U.S. Department of Education and a tool to locate net price calculators.
  • 529 College Savings Plan Expense Analyzer   This tool calculates and compares the costs for various 529 college savings plans. A 529 plan has fees and expenses that are paid by investors.
  • College Possible   A program that helps low-income students prepare for college and navigate the admissions and financial aid processes.
  • College Savings Plans Network   An affiliate of the National Association of State Treasurers that serves as an information clearinghouse for state-administered college savings programs.
  • Education Benefits for Veterans   Information and tools from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs about education and training benefits available to veterans.
  • For Servicemembers: Tackling Student Loan Debt   A guide created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to assist servicemembers with student loan issues.
  • Paying for College   A select list of financial aid information resources compiled by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
  • Smart Saving for College—Better Buy Degrees   A resource from FINRA, particularly strong on 529 plans and other tax-advantaged options for meeting college costs.


American Library Association.  Financial Literacy in Public Libraries: A Guide for Building Collections.
      My thanks go to ALA for inventing this wheel for me.

Thrall Library's Links for Investors.

CFPB's list of financial educational resources