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While this is a commercial site sponsored by a financial institution involved with college loans, it has a user friendly explanation of the financial aid process for both parents and students.

College Answer

This site explains all the various financial aid options and ways to apply. Complete the online questionnaire and access 600,000 scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, internships and fellowships.

College Board Financial Aid Profile

On line registration and FAQ for the PROFILE, a program of the College Scholarship Service® (CSS®), the financial aid division of the College Board. Many colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE to help them award nonfederal student aid funds.

College Funding Company

This site is a coalition of four not-for-profit organizations dedicated to helping families learn about and fund higher education.

College Planning

While this site features information on the entire college preparation process, it is sponsored by a credit union and its financial information features are especially strong.

College Planning Center

A complete college planning and preparation site. It includes planning calendars, financial aid summary notes, downloadable application forms, and links to a product engine to customize your financial aid package.

College Zone

This highly recommended site from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission offers a wide variety of financial aid information. Be sure to sign up for the email newsletter. Good for families beginning as early as elementary school and progressing through college.

Compare Your Aid Awards

This site, sponsored by the college-board, helps students and their families understand their award letter, compare aid offers and learn about strategies for paying their share of the cost.

Completing the FAFSA

Get detailed information on how to complete each question on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

ED Office of Post secondary Education (OPE) Home Page

The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates Federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs that address critical national needs in support of their mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education. You can find information on programs and initiative, student resources, various reports and news.


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