You've probably spent tons of time reading about college tuition, financial aid, scholarships, and loans - but that shouldn't be the end of your college financial research. When you get to campus, you may want extra help navigating the next four years and all of the financial decisions along the way.
Find out how the school you attend can help you with the dollars and cents through its programs and resources. Here's what Stanford offers.
Stanford University Financial Aid Department explains that it is not necessary to apply early for financial aid consideration, although there are some priority filing dates which can allow you to receive your award information earlier. You can see them here. Paying for Stanford University, as with any higher education investment can be tricky. Stanford provides a wide array of tools and resources to help you pay for your education.
General resources and tools
Stanford offers access to a handy net price calculator and student budget page which can help you to figure out the cost of your education and answer common questions regarding budgeting. These tools can help you prepare for your education in a way that will help you budget and enter your specific lifestyle needs in order to see what it would actually cost to attend Stanford.
Stanford also provides access to a variety of financial-themed tutorials and videos to understand the financial aid process and a typical award letter, which can sometimes seem complicated and overwhelming. You can also reference their frequently asked questions to help navigate the process. These are available to current and prospective students and their families.
Stanford University also provides access to Cash Course, which is financial software that works to help teach financial skills for the real-world providing online education, tools to plan and help you budget, articles and a personal dashboard. All of these tools are meant to help students, families, and alumni manage your money and learn more about the best choices for your money management.
Gateway for financial activities
Gateway for Financial Activities is another page on Stanford’s website with several financial resources and guides for students working at Stanford and students who travel abroad. This page provides payroll and tax information for students who work at Stanford and students who travel abroad there is a variety of information on this subject including how to submit for reimbursement expenses. On the Gateway for Financial Activities page you will also find Student Financial Services information which includes resources on how to read your tuition bill, student bill checklists, how to pay your bill, etc.
Mind over money
Stanford University students also have access to the Mind Over Money site which is part of the Student Affairs Office.
Part of the mission of Mind Over Money is to “To foster a campus culture of financial awareness and understanding, encourage financially healthy behaviors, and help students build the skills and aptitude to seek reliable financial information beyond Stanford.” Through this site many resources are available to students and families including:
Specific Mind Over Money courses
A wide variety of Financial Coaches with an equally diverse background
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