Introduction to Finances in College

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The cost of college should never discourage anyone from going after a valuable degree.

–Arne Duncan, former United States Secretary of Education

Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Identify sources of major and minor expenses in your life, including the cost of college
  • Identify sources of income in your life and how to set appropriate financial goals
  • Identify the potential sources of financial assistance and strategies for applying for financial aid and scholarships


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