The costs charged by colleges and universities have risen dramatically over the past 20 years, causing millions of Americans seeking higher education to question how they will pay for their degree. Students often leverage multiple sources to fund the total cost of college tuition and related expenses. Unfortunately, many are unaware of key funding opportunities available that could help reduce the amount they’d need to borrow to pay for college. Be sure to fill out the FAFSA annually and investigate all of your potential funding options. The following fact sheet reviews the top 5 tools to help students pay for their college degree.