The largest provider of financial aid, the federal government has a great deal of information on student financial aid on its Web site. Here are two good sites to start with:
- Federal Student Aid - Website for federal financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education provides a number of resources and videos.
- FAFSA on the Web - This is the only site where you should file your FAFSA. The FAFSA is always FREE!
- FAFSA4Caster - Not yet a senior, but interested in seeing what aid you may be eligible to receive from the federal government? Here is a site that will give you some information for planning purposes based on your current family income.
Check out the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency for more information on financial aid and specific state programs.
Sources for Aid and Scholarships
- Finaid - This award-winning site, called FinAid, provides excellent links to Internet sources of information about student financial aid. Don't miss this site!
- FastWEB - A database of scholarships, grants, fellowships, and loans in private sector funding.
- Education Planner - This comprehensive site is sponsored by AES/PHEAA. Specifically check out the "paying" link. Planner has one of the most comprehensive sites available on-line.
- Collegedata.com - Select the "Pay Your Way - Financing Your College Education" link. It includes a scholarship finder, calculator for college costs, and EFC estimator.
- Scholarships.com - This site requires registration, but if you chose not to - click on the links to scholarships at the bottom of the page.
- MeritAid.com - "A comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country."