Start having conversations with those in your life who may help support your education ventures. Conversations around financial assistance is important! Tuition is a large part of the expense but certainly not all. If you are going away to college, room and board can sometimes cost as much, if not more, than the tuition costs! Not to mention, the “extra’s” that come with college such as books and supplies, electronics, joining a club or becoming part of a Greek family. Make a list of all the things you must have for college, all the extra-curricular activities you’d like to partake in, and determine the annual expense. This will help you identify the financial needs of this next chapter in your life!