If you've got a kid heading off to college soon, the money you'll need to pay for those biology books, dorm rooms, and late-night cheeseburgers will come from many places. Here are the biggies:

  • Your savings
  • Your child's savings
  • Federal financial aid grants and/or loans
  • The college's financial aid grants and/or loans
  • Other loans
  • Campus work/study jobs
  • Other part-time work
  • Scholarships
  • Change found under sofa cushions

There's a lot to know about how to save for and pay for college. Drop by our College Savings Center. And check out The Motley Fool's Guide to Paying for School: How to Cover Education Costs From K to Ph.D., by Robert Brokamp.

Also of interest might be these additional resources: U.S. Department of Education, The Student Guide, http://www.finaid.org/, College Board, Peterson's, Campus Tours, The Fool's college planning area, the 529 plan guide, and Mapping Your Future.