Compare financial aid offers from various schools:

Estimate your family's eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant, and education tax

Calculate your net price of college -- the cost of attendance minus the grants you're awarded. Colleges will be required to post a net price calculator on their websites by October 2011. Until then, try the College Board's calculator:

Need a checklist of questions to ask a financial aid officer about your child's award letter? has a comprehensive list: FinancialAidAwardLetters.pdf

How much do you need to earn to afford your student loan?