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Tuition, fees, housing, books, financial aid, student loans, college savings plans. Yikes! With so many factors to consider, you might need a degree just to master the cost of attending college. While the average price of a four-year public college in Washington was $10,846 per year in 2014, and $6,602 in Idaho, very few students actually paid that much. Be sure to look beyond the sticker price, and factor in financial aid to get the net price—many college websites have calculators that can help. If college is still a ways out, plan ahead with a college savings program, and start investigating scholarships and grants you may qualify for. Additional options include taking college-level credits in high school, through programs such as Running Start, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate classes. For more great tips and a handy monthly budgeting worksheet, learn more from our friends at STCU.

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