The school year is just getting started, but for many high school students, thoughts of next week's game and upcoming assignments share valuable brain space with questions about which college to attend in the next few years.

Choosing a school and preparing to get in, including how to pay for it, can be a major source of anxiety for young adults and their parents. It's hard not to experience sticker shock when browsing today's college tuition prices, but don't assume the cost is insurmountable.

It's important to keep in mind few students pay the full, advertised price for college; most pay through a combination of savings, scholarships, grants and loans.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education at collects a number of online resources to help families find money for college, including state-specific opportunities. Did you know two-thirds of all student financial aid comes from federal sources? At, visitors also find a brief overview of federal grants, loans and work-study programs based on financial need.

In addition to making reference materials about colleges and paying for them available at all three Worthington Libraries locations, an upcoming session at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, can help.

During the program, College Financial Aid Q&A session, which is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, representatives from Columbus State Community College's admissions office and the Columbus Foundation will discuss grants and loans and share tips for getting scholarships. There will also be a brief overview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Parents and college-bound high school students are invited to this program, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.