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Create Your College Budget

The Department of Education’s Creating Your Budget page can help you compare college or career school expenses against your potential income and financial aid. Find out whether your potential income and financial aid resources will cover school costs and see what additional savings or other support you might need.

One of the biggest challenges for achieving your education goals is finances. Evaluate your income and expenses by asking questions like those listed below:

Evaluating your budget before choosing your education path and making an informed decision about how education expenses will affect your current budget can help you avoid financial hardships later. For additional guidance, visit the Education Planning and Budgeting section of the Education, Training and Licensing lifecycle stage of MySECO. You can also call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to speak to a SECO career coach or use the Live Chat feature on MySECO.

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