Recent studies show that despite the recession, people are still finding ways to pay for college.
Emily Schuck, director of financial aid at Washington State Community College, says the money is out there; you just have to look for it.
She says the first step all students should take is filling out a free application for federal student aid. It's as easy as typing in www.fafsa.gov.
From there, go to your school's web site and start searching for scholarships.
Another option is of course student loans, but be careful not to take out more money than necessary.
"We do talk to students about what is your need vs. what is your want, so that way they're taking out what they need and not necessarily what they want for those educationally related expenses," Schuck said.
She says there are also financial resources available for veterans and laid-off workers. For more information, check with your school's financial aid office.