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Ways to Pay for College

Ways to Pay for College
  • Live Hour Special Airs Thursday, September 24 at 7pm
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  • Encores on Saturday, September 26 at 6pm
  • Virtual Screening of the live broadcast with experts to answer questions, September 30 at 7pm. RSVP HERE.

What career path lies ahead for you? There are countless great jobs out there, but for many of them you'll need a college degree, and the cost of higher education can cause sticker shock. So how do you plan to pay your college bills?

Join host Mario Armstrong as he guides you through the many twists and turns of finding money for college. Meet financial pros and watch several student success stories as you consider careers and which school is right for you. What fits your budget? Do the financial aid numbers add up? And can you avoid going into debt with student loans?

There are billions of dollars available that you can apply for if you know what to do and where to look. Find out how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - the FAFSA - and hear from financial aid counselors as they explain government and private aid, from grants to scholarships and loans.



Ways to Pay For College: September 24, 2020

Join Mario Armstrong as he guides you through the twists and turns of finding money for college, and meet Maryland students as they share their own financial aid success stories. This hour special contains interviews with college financial aid advisors and experts that can answer viewer questions.

Email your questions to to find out what the experts say during our show!

Ways to Pay for College is produced by Maryland Public Television in cooperation with:


Support for this program was provided by:

Eastern Shore HEC

Sponsored in part by:

Maryland Colleges and Universities

Four-year Public Colleges and Universities

Community Colleges

Four-year Independent Colleges and Universities

Two-Year Independent Colleges

Online Colleges and Universities

Useful Financial Aid Links

Note: The links on this page are provided for information purposes. MPT is not responsible for the accuracy of their content.

  • Begin your financial aid search here! ( is a free website. Beware of websites that charge fees.
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission ( Official website for information on financial aid from the state of Maryland.
  • FinAid! (
    Learn everything you need to know about the variety of financial aid resources available to students and parents.
  • FastWeb (
    Free scholarship and college search agent that matches your background against its database of over 600,000 scholarships.
  • Embark (
    Tools, scholarship search, and advice to help students and parents master the financial aid process.
  • U.S. Department of Education - Financial Aid page (
    Official website for information on financial aid from the federal government.
  • Maryland National Guard (
    Provides an alternative form of financial aid.
  • The College Board (
    Click on Paying for College!
  • Peterson's/Thomson Learning (
    Features financial aid calculators and search engines for scholarships
  • Maryland529 (
    Formerly known as the College Savings Plans of Maryland, this independent State agency has two plans - The Maryland Prepaid College Trust and The Maryland College Investment Plan managed by T. Rowe Price.

Informational videos from the Maryland Higher Education Commission