Students and families in the thick of college planning could look to these sites about how to pay for it all. Even if college is years away, it's time now to decide if a so-called 529 savings plan is for you.
Paying for college. U.S. News & World Report is famous for its annual college rankings, but the website also features plenty of information on the nitty-gritty of financing a higher education, including tips on how to manage college loans. Its listings include "best values," and a guide to the most affordable colleges.
Creating your own scholarship program in the age of social media is the focus of this additional U.S. News page. It has links to sites - such as greennote.com, scholarmatch.com, and sponsormydegree.com - that offer to help a student set up a formal program for accepting loans or grants from family, friends, and even former strangers.