Finances & Aid

Financing college and navigating the financial aid gantlet is not for the faint of heart, and we know that even the financially-savvy can be overwhelmed by the complexities, options, and choices. There is financial aid - often a lot of it - available to those who need it. An Oyster adviser can help you understand the landscape of college financing and aid options, including costs, aid options, and how to make the most informed educational investment decisions. In addition to meeting with an Oyster Adviser, the resources below may be of help.

College Costs

U.S. Department of Education Net Price Calculator
Net price calculators allow prospective students to find out what students like them paid to attend an institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account.

College & University Costs
National Center for Education Statistics on college costs over time.

Trends in College Pricing

Financial Aid & Scholarships

U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid
The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study opportunities to eligible students attending participating colleges or career schools. 

Scholarship Search by Academic Field

Best Colleges Guide to Financial Aid

FastWeb Scholarship Search
Searchable resource of over 1 million scholarships. Includes college search. Free membership.

FAFSA Resources

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

College Goal Sunday
A state-based volunteer program that helps students obtain financial aid for college by completing the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.