Paying for College: What You Need to Know

By Ben Shestakofsky

If you're wondering whether you'll be able to afford a college education, you're not alone. Even before the recession, college tuition costs had been on the rise for years. Now, in tougher economic circumstances, families are finding it harder than ever to pay for college.

That's why WSJ On Campus invites you to view a rebroadcast of our exclusive, interactive webcast covering everything you need to know about paying for college. Our panel of experts will give you the inside track on the financial aid process, covering topics incluing:

  • Is It Possible to Negotiate With a School to Receive a Larger Aid Package?
  • How Will Recent Legislative Changes to the Federal Student Loan System Affect Students and Families?
  • Can You Reposition Your Income and Assets to Get Better Results on Financial Aid Applications?
  • What Kind of Education Tax Benefits Are Available?
  • Where Should You Begin Your Scholarship Search?
  • What Are Scholarship Selection Committees Typically Looking For?
  • Why Has the Cost of College Risen So Dramatically?
  • How Are Aid Packages Typically Calculated?
  • What is the Work-Study Program? Who's Eligible for Work-Study Jobs?
  • When Should Families Start Saving for College?
  • What Are Some Common Scholarship Scams and How Can You Avoid Them?
  • How Can Grandparents Help Students Pay for College?
  • Should the Assets and Income of Stepparents Be Reported on the FAFSA?
  • What is the CSS/Financial Aid Profile? How Does It Work With the FAFSA?
  • What Are 529 Savings Plans and Toward What Kinds of Expenses Can They Be Used?
  • What Are the Advantages of Loan Consolidation?
  • What's the Difference Between Stafford and Perkins Loans?


Expert Panel:

  • Martha Holler, Vice President, Sallie Mae
  • Mark Kantrowitz, Publisher,
  • James Boyle, President, College Parents of America
  • Lynn Higinbotham, Director of Financial Aid, New York University
  • Jennifer Garratt Lawton, Director of Financial Aid, Wesleyan University
  • Melissa Kunes, Senior Director, Office of Student Aid, Pennsylvania State University