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High school seniors: Online tools can help you select schools, find your dream school


Sallie Mae offers tips and resources for families and students preparing for college

RESTON, Va.—With thousands of colleges and universities across the country, selecting a college can be a daunting task. Sallie Mae, the nation’s leading saving-and-paying-for-college company, offers tips and resources to students and families as they begin the college selection process.

Searching for schools: Applying to the right schools involves finding the ones that work best for you. This involves identifying your criteria and determining what is most important to you when it comes to curriculum, location, size, campus life, athletics, housing, cost and more. Visit and narrow your search by finding the schools that meet the criteria of what interests you.
Deciding Where to Apply: Once you have a list of potential schools you are interested in, it is time to decide where you want to apply. Manage your search by filing information by school and by keeping a calendar of all deadlines. Visit for more information.
Education Investment Planner: Available at, this newly launched tool lets students and families build a customized plan to pay for college. Students and families can estimate and compare total education costs at over 5,500 colleges and graduate schools and develop paying-for-college plans for each of the schools on their short list.

Sallie Mae encourages families to use its 1-2-3 approach to paying for college: First, use free money. Fill out the FAFSA to access need-based grants, and research and apply for scholarships. Consider supplementing with current income, college savings, and an interest-free monthly tuition payment plan. Second, explore federal loans. Available to both students and parents, they can offer low, fixed interest rates and flexible repayment options. Third, fill any gap with private education loans. They are convenient and designed to help students meet the total cost of college.


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