Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013
Financial Aid Websites
Federal Student Aid - Dept. of Education
Information on federal grants, loans and work-study programs, from the application process to the repayment plan.
Go here to access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The three-step process includes information on applying for a PIN, application deadlines and FAQs.
Fully Web-based financial aid application service of the College Board. The CSS Profile, which is more detailed than the FAFSA and charges a fee, is used by hundreds of colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs to determine eligibility for nonfederal student aid funds.
A great resource for finding scholarships. The site also has lots of information on the FAFSA, grants and loans. One unique feature is its financial aid videos.
U.S. News and World Report Info Center
This thorough collection offers the latest news on financial aid, as well as practical info on applying for scholarships, grants and loans. Be sure to check out its annual ranking of the best value colleges in the U.S.
Peterson's breaks it down simply, with separate sections on state financial aid, ROTC colleges and military financial aid, college scholarships and savings plans, and the various types of loans. The site also gives a great overview of the FAFSA and the application process.
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
In addition to articles on applying for federal student aid and scholarships, this site covers tax benefits for higher education, and special aid for veterans and students with disabilities. Also see its YouTube channel.
Part of the Student Loan Network, this site covers federal Stafford, PLUS and alternative student loans. We like its breakdown of private loans, as well as this pdf on How to Read Award Letters.
Find private students loans, and compare loans from featured lenders.
This site is specific to graduate school students or applicants. Find info on graduate student loans, scholarships, and fellowships and assistantships. We like the "Employer Funding for Graduate School" section and the "Q&A with a Financial Aid Office" article.
Reference Service Press
This site provides a contact list for state-based financial aid. The directory gives the name, address, fax and telephone numbers, e-mail, and website of the agency in each state that administers educational grants and loans. Find out about scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants and other funding offered by your state.
FAQs and Tips
- FAQS from Dept. of Education
- FAQS from NextStudent
- FAQs from U.S. News and World Report
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Common Mistakes to Avoid When Completing the FAFSA
- The 5-Minute FAFSA Video
Financial Aid Calculators
- 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) For questions on FAFSA and help filling it out
- 1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org To report student aid fraud (including identity theft), waste or abuse of U.S. Department of Education funds