Financial Aid Resources
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Many colleges, as well as state and private aid providers, use data based on the FAFSA (the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine a student’s eligibility for financial aid.
Students and families file for free and do not need to pay a service for filing. A new FAFSA must be submitted for every year of enrollment in college.
Free assistance with completing the FAFSA
College Board’s Profile application
Some colleges use the College Board’s “Profile” application for awarding nonfederal aid. Visit their site for the application as well as a list of participating colleges and scholarship programs.
Financial Aid Information
Financial aid is provided by four basic sources: the federal government, state government, the colleges and universities themselves, and the private sector (such as foundations, corporations and banks).
Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
College Board’s Pay for College
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
American Student Assistance’s Money knowledge for college
Free estimated financial aid calculator
Net Price Calculators
US Department of Education’s Net Price Calculator Center
Net price calculators are available on a college’s or university’s website and allow prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account. Enter name of college to access its estimate net price.
Federal tax information
Federal student loans
State Financial Aid Resources
Check the application deadlines for your state’s financial aid programs by visiting fafsa.gov/deadlines.htm.