The Department of Education administers several major student aid programs, including Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, to help millions of students pay for the costs of college. If you’re exploring options for paying for college, visit Types of Financial Aid. You’ll learn about the various kinds of financial aid (loans, grants, and work-study), how to apply, common myths, and more.
U.S. Department of Education – Student Financial Assistance Home Page
The Student Financial Assistance Programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing over $150 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance to nearly 14 million postsecondary students and their families. Here you’ll find help for every stage of the financial aid process, whether you’re in school or out of school. The site also contains a Financial Aid Resource Publication.
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
For students planning to attend college, the FAFSA is their starting point to apply for many student financial aid programs. Many schools also use the FAFSA as part of their application process for non-federal aid.
Direct Loan Program
Find out about applying for Direct Loans, learn about your options for repayment, use the interactive calculators, download Direct Loan deferment and forbearance forms, get information about Direct Consolidation Loans, and use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.
Benefits.gov provides easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The site’s core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or “Benefit Finder.” Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor’s situation and compare it with the eligibility criteria for more than 1,000 Federally-funded benefit and assistance programs. Each program description provides information on the next steps to apply for any benefit program of interest.
Sallie Mae – Education Finance Planning Calculators
Sallie Mae’s college planning calculators can help you with your specific questions about education finance. Types of calculators include long-term planning, college cost, future savings, and monthly savings.
Mapping Your Future.com
This site is a free resource for career, college, financial aid, and money management information. Mapping Your Future helps you explore careers, prepare for college (help with selecting a school and applying for admission), pay for college (financial aid) and manage your money (student loans and more).
FinAid – The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
FinAid! provides information about scholarships, loans, military, and other types of financial aid. The site also provides dozens of tools for calculating college costs, loan payments, savings, and expected family contributions.
Fastweb is a website that matches the information in a user’s profile to scholarships in their database of over 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion. Whether you’re a high school freshmen or a returning adult, the site has scholarships and information to help you find ways to pay for school. Besides providing you with scholarships you actually qualify for, and eliminating the need to scour the Web, the site also provides advice on financial aid, college admissions, student life and tools such as financial aid calculators, discussion boards, and checklists.
A college education is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make. CollegeBoard can help you figure out what college really costs, and what you can afford. Our expert advice, information, and interactive tools will help you navigate the financial aid maze and figure out how to pay the bill.
CollegeNet Scholarship Search
The CollegeNet database contains over 600,000 awards totaling over $1.6 billion.
Career OneStop Financial Aid Center
Find information on how to get money to continue your lifelong learning and pay for the training to advance in your career.