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Financial Aid

 

 

ALL FINANCIAL AID BEGINS WITH COMPLETING THE FAFSA - Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov

 (for students attending any college - 2-year or 4-year, or trade school)

 

The FAFA submission window opened on October 1, 2016!

 

The FAFSA, officially known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form that families fill out to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study funds for college students. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides more than $150 billion in student aid each year.

 

 

STEP 1. Create an FSA ID:  https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm

SETP 2. Complete the FAFSA with a parent: www.fafsa.ed.gov

 

To apply for federal student aid, you need to complete the FAFSA® 

Completing and submitting the FAFSA® is free, and it gives students access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.

 
 
 
 
 
Types of Aid:
Student aid generally fall into these four categories

 

Grants: Free funding based on financial need

  • Cal Grant
  • Pell Grant

Work Study: On campus job included as part of financial aid package

 

Loans: Money that must be repaid

  • Subsidized
  • Unsubsidized

Scholarships: Free funding based on requirements (often merit).

 
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
www.finaid.org – links to: scholarships, grants, loans, graduate aid

www.studentaid.ed.gov – information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school

www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org – this site’s mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable

SEARCH ENGINES AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

www.fastweb.com – create a profile and let fastweb do the research for you

www.myscholly.com – mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college

www.cashcourse.org – information for college students to stay financially informed

www.cksf.org – educational & scholarship opportunities for students of all levels

www.cappex.com – free website where you learn which colleges want you, before you apply

www.scholarships.com – free college scholarship search and financial aid information

www.scholarshipamerica.org – provides information and resources for your scholarship search

www.meritaid.com – free source for $11 billion in merit aid scholarships from 1,000s of colleges

www.knowhow2go.org – complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors

www.latinocollegedollars.org – scholarship information for Latino students

www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net – provide scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

www.gmsp.org – The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose

www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

www.collegefund.org – provides Native students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities

www.dellscholars.org – Dell Scholars Program recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance

www.uncf.org – awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board

www.chegg.com – connect with scholarships and learn about colleges