The Best Websites for Planning for College

From student loans to 529 plans and financial aid -- these sites will guide you through how to plan and pay for college.

Information on how pay for college is just a mouse click away. Here are some Web sites that can help you navigate everything from investment choices to financial aid policies:

  • College Board: Features an online calculator that will project college costs and how much you need to save.

  • Saving for College: Compiles and analyzes information about 529 Savings Plans and other investment options.

  • Simple Tuition: Provides the lowdown on student loans.

  • National Institute of Certified College Planners: Helps parents locate a Certified College Planning Specialist in their area who can prepare a comprehensive financial plan to save for college, including investments and tax strategies.

  • FinAid: Offers information about financial aid, including guidelines on how to apply and rules for qualifying.

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