Your child’s a high school senior. Though your college savings are not what you’d like them to be, you’ve put away a bit over the years. College applications are now done. You’ve likely just submitted your FAFSA. You breathe a tentative sigh of relief. While the prospect of paying for college is still an overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable obstacle looming in your near future, you’ve done all you can do. Aid applications have been submitted and the dice will fall as they may. Things are out of your hands, right?
Not so fast! Families have more control than they think over the college finance process, and there are plenty of things that you and your child can do now to help ease the impending burden of college payments and help make the college financing process a lot less stressful. While you wait in financial aid limbo, here are five ways to find money for college after submitting the FAFSA: