Student Module
40 minutes

Financial Pur$uit

  • College Access


Learn how to make paying for college a reality. With loans, grants and scholarships available – financing to afford college is just a matter of dollars and sense. In this self-paced module, students will go on a quest to reach the college campus. They will navigate numerous stops along the way to their final destination, including breaking down the true cost of college (transportation, room and board, tuition, personal needs), the financial advantages of going to college (college graduates make 67% more than non-college graduates), types of financial aid (grants, scholarships, work-study, loans), and more. There are ten stops along the way to the college campus. By the time they reach their destination, students will have a solid understanding of the many ways they can successfully pay for the college of their choice, regardless of their economic circumstances. 


Critical Thinking 


  • Calculate the true cost of attending college 
  • Understand the differences between financial aid options (e.g., grants, loans, scholarships and work-study) 
  • Understand why some types of financial aid might be better than others 
  • Understand the FAFSA and CSS Profile 
  • Understand the parts of a financial aid award letter 
  • Analyze and compare financial aid award packages 
  • Know strategies to help close the gap between the true cost of college and what is received in a financial aid package 
  • Develop a personal financial aid plan 

Suggested Time

40 minutes