If you’re a high school student or a parent of one, chances are high that the number one thing on your mind is college, or more importantly, how to pay for college.

In 2007, the average cost of tuition was $13,589 at a four-year public college and $32,307 at a four-year private college, according to a recent study by the College Board. As a result, more and more families are relying on loans to cover the cost of college. In fact, two out of every three college students use some type of financial aid to pay for school.

Because it is so important that families of college-bound and college students be well informed when it comes to choosing and paying for college loans, in April of 2008, Westchester County and the New York State Attorney General's office sponsored an informative College Loan Conference for parents and students.  Video clips of these valuable presentations are provided below for your viewing.

On this page, you will find a number of resources to help you learn how to finance a college education, select student loans, and use credit cards wisely.

The materials listed below provide you with helpful tools to make informed and educated decisions about choosing and paying for college.

Low-Cost Ways to Fund College

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

NY State Higher Education Services (HESC)


Credit Card Tips for Students


Student Loan Information

How to Choose a Private Loan

U.S. PIRG Higher Education Project