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Financial Aid for College

The following is a graphical representation of the process to receiving financial aid for college, click on it to see it in a larger format. Other financial aid information is located below the image.

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Seniors wanting to apply for financial aid for college need to figure their family federal income taxes first. Parents and students must have this information to complete the FAFSA, which is used in determining financial aid for all colleges. There is an advantage to getting it done early!

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Every student planning on attending college (of any type) should complete the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Parents and students must have a PIN for an electronic signature before completing the FAFSA. To register for a PIN go to www.pin.ed.gov.

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Informational Sites:

The Princeton Review
Information on filing your FAFSA, Scholarship search, and a loan information page. This has everything you need in order to get money or more useful fact about going to college. http://www.princetonreview.com/college/finance/

Thomson Peterson's
Need help finding a school, taking tests, and paying for school? With nearly $8 billion in scholarships and full-length practice tests, T.P. will help you find the college you like and help you make it there. http://www.petersons.com/college_home.asp?path=ug.home

A Guide to Financial Aid
An online directory to college and universities admissions office email addresses and telephone numbers. Check out ways to find money to help for school and great tips on tests. http://www.college-scholarships.com/

Education Online Search
Need an easier way to get help for college? This site can help you find money easier by searching through all of the possibilities around. It also has more information on the F.A.F.S.A. and on Federal Financial Aid. http://www.education-online-search.com/articles/financial_aid

The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
More types of financial aid and applications for college. This site answers any of your questions and even has loans from the Military. More scholarships availible at ths site too. http://www.finaid.org/

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To avoid being scammed in financial aid, check out:

Government Publication
http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/lsa/index.html

Federal Trade Commission's web site at
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/index.shtml


Better Business Bureau's web site at
http://www.bbb.com/

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Additional information on student aid can be found at www.studentaid.ed.gov,
or call 1-800-4-FED-AID.