Knowledge for College

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Breaking down money. Building up your future.

Education is an investment that can change your life. That's why it's important for us at Sallie Mae to help you figure out how you'll pay for education after high school, know what to expect in the future, and feel good about your choices.


About the partnership

We're partnering with EVERFI, a leading financial education provider, to help students and families across California plan and save for their prosperous futures. With the Sallie Mae® Knowledge for College program, we’re bringing digital, interactive tools to the classroom to jumpstart conversations around paying for college.

Digital high school course

The Knowledge for College program is designed to help high school juniors and seniors, like you, get ready for the decisions you need to make when it comes to paying for college. Characters help you weigh the pros and cons of different choices, including how to fill out the FAFSA and what loan package is best for you.

Grade Levels: 11-12
Course Length: 5 modules, ~15 minutes each
Standards: National Jump$tart Standards


Return on

Explore the difference between the “net cost” and “true cost” of higher education, and how career and major impact the return on your investment.

Understanding financial aid

Know the difference between financial aid and loans, how to fill out the FAFSA, and where to look for free money first, like grants and scholarships.

Student loan

Compare loan options, like federal vs. private loans, including rates, terms, and fees.

Budgeting for your loans

Interpret your financial aid offer letter to be able to calculate the right amount to borrow and know what factors will determine your monthly payments.

Repaying loans responsibly

Understand loan repayment options, including the consequences of defaulting on a loan, and steps to help reduce debt load.


Scholarship Search

Scholarship Search is the free way to get access to more than 6 million college scholarships worth up to $30 billion. Every scholarship you’ll find has been approved—they’re all current, and new scholarships are added daily.

It’s easy—just create your profile and make updates any time. You’ll get matched with scholarships based on your skills, activities, and interests.

Plus you can enter for a chance to win $1,000 for college.1

1No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. See official rules at