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Financial Aid

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

FAFSA opens the door to the federal financial aid process.  At this site, you can determine your eligibility for federal financial aid, find out what documents are required, learn more about the federal financial aid process, apply for financial aid online and research financial aid options.  If you complete an online application, you will find out what your expected family contribution is much sooner than by applying on paper.

CSS/Financial Aid Profile

https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/index.jsp

CSS PROFILE is the financial aid service of the College Board.  Many member colleges and universities, particularly private institutions, and scholarship programs use the information collected in the PROFILE to help them award non-federal student aid funds.

Financial Aid Information

http://www.finaid.org

This site offers links to many financial aid related sites, ranging from institutions to government to scholarships to scam alerts.  The expected family contribution estimator and the access to FastWeb are helpful.

Financial Aid Calculators

http://www.finaid.org/calculators/finaidestimate.phtml

FinAid! calls itself the smart student’s guide to financial aid.  This site has good calculator tools to help you figure out if you might be eligible for financial aid and what your Expect Family Contribution might be.

Federal Student Aid

http://studentaid.ed.gov

This is a government-run site that has detailed college planning timelines, access to the online FAFSA and lots of tips on funding a college education.

FastWeb

http://www.fastweb.org

The site offers an excellent free scholarship search database and tips on financial aid.  The site will save a student’s profile and email new sources of private merit aid to their online mailbox.

California Student Financial Aid Programs

http://www.csac.ca.gov

Students can get information on both California state and federal financial aid programs.

How To Save For College

http://www.educaid.com

Learn how to save for college – and what to do if your savings won’t cover tuition.  You can also apply for student loans at this site.

Scholarship Scams

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/scholarship/index.shtml

Scholarship scams are explained at this helpful site run by the Federal Trade Commission.  Information about scholarship scams, how to recognize them and who to contact if you uncover one are discussed here.