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Financial Aid Websites

Website Title: AICCUmentor.org: Financial Aid Guide - Student Financial Aid Programs
Address: http://www.aiccu.edu//FinAid/

Description: The official website of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) offers an easy-to-follow outline of the various types of financial aid available to students. Grants, scholarships, work study programs, and loans are explored in detail, as are general eligibility requirements, award ranges, and more.


Website Title: CaliforniaColleges.edu
Address: http://www.californiacolleges.edu

Description: The CaliforniaColleges.edu website was developed in collaboration with the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), California Community Colleges (CCC), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), and the California Department of Education (CDE). The site provides a vast amount of information aimed at both first-year and transfer students interested in researching and applying to college in California. Use the resource to explore different institutions, admission processes, funding sources, career options, and more.


Website Title: California State University (CSU) | Access and Retention | Financial Aid Programs
Address: http://www.calstate.edu/SAS/fa_programs.shtml

Description: The official website of California State University offers a handy snapshot of both achievement and need-based financial assistance programs, including federal, state, and campus-based options. Program descriptions, eligibility requirements, and award ranges are also discussed.


Website Title: California Student Aid Commission
Address: http://www.csac.ca.gov

Description: The official website for the California Student Aid Commission is designed to help students, parents, and school administrators thoroughly research state, federal, and institutional financial aid information. Content highlights include a step-by-step guide, frequently asked questions resource, financial aid calendar, publications list, and website resource directory; information on commission programs, current news, and outreach efforts is also available.


Website Title: Careers and Colleges
Address: http://www.careersandcolleges.com

Description: This website is geared toward helping students successfully explore colleges and career opportunities. Find articles, tips, and interactive tools to help when selecting a college, researching student aid, applying for admission, and striving to succeed in school. Additional information also provided on majors and occupations, choosing a profession, managing your money, preparing for a rewarding career, and more.


Website Title: College Board
Address: http://www.collegeboard.com

Description: Students, parents, and education professionals alike will benefit from a visit to the official website of the College Board. The site provides a broad range of tools and information that students need when planning for the transition from high school to college, including information about financial aid, test preparation, and choosing a college. Use the site to research all of the College Board's programs, including the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, Advanced Placement Program, and CLEP. Educators can explore major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.


Website Title: CSUMentor
Address: http://www.csumentor.edu

Description: This comprehensive website introduces students and their families to the California State University (CSU) system and the 23 distinct campuses that make up the CSU. Students who visit the site can explore the various schools throughout the state, apply for admission online, then research and plan for financial aid. Frequently asked questions, campus contact information, and a number of interactive tools are also available for students and parents interested in comparing schools, evaluating common questions or concerns, and/or communicating directly with the various campus representatives.


Website Title: EdFund
Address: http://www.edfund.org

Description: Aimed at serving the needs of students, parents, and school administrators, this website provides free college and financial aid planning information and materials designed to simplify and assist in the evaluation of the various higher education options available today. Research federal, state, and other financial aid programs, determine eligibility, calculate costs, then find forms, publications, links to online resources, financial program contacts, and more.


Website Title: Educaid
Address: https://www.wellsfargo.com/wachovia/student/

Description: This website is geared toward students, parents, counselors, and administrators and includes information on admissions, scholarships, and the various types of financial aid available, as well as the process needed to obtain financial assistance. Students and parents can use the site to research information about finding a college, applying for admission, and paying for it. A free newsletter is available that contains timely tips on the financial aid process; the newsletter may also serve as a reminder of the steps to take when preparing for college admission.


Website Title: Princeton Review
Address: http://www.princetonreview.com/home.asp

Description: This site provides information and advanced tools designed to help students research, apply, finance, and prepare for higher education. Access free test preparation and practice exams or utilize the student Recruiter system, the Financial Center, school profiles, and more.


Website Title: FastWeb
Address: http://www.fastweb.com

Description: Explore a free, searchable database of private-sector scholarships, grants, and loans with this website. Students and parents can use the site to search for money to assist with college costs. The service matches student goals, hobbies, interests, and backgrounds with scholarship opportunities. Students can benefit from a range of tips featured on the site on financial aid and career choices, and they can even make use of a personalized college-matching tool by completing a personal profile that will also help schools get to know them better.


Website Title: Federal Student Aid
Address: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/index.jsp

Description: The U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid programs make up the largest source of student aid in the country. The website provides information on grants, loans, and work-study assistance, offers basic, easy-to-follow information about planning for and applying to college, plus advice about paying back student loans following graduation as well as links to key financial aid resources.


Website Title: Finaid
Address: http://www.finaid.org

Description: This website features a comprehensive body of information about student financial aid geared toward students, parents, and educators. The various types of aid available are highlighted on the site and guidance is provided on exactly how to secure financial assistance. Financial aid forms, applications, tools and calculators, and a free newsletter subscription all are available. Educators will appreciate the latest news, legislation, student assistance, and professional development resources also offered on the site.


Website Title: Financial Aid Resource Center
Address: http://www.theoldschool.org

Description: Research the various types of financial aid with this website. Content highlights include reference materials on student and parent loans, lenders, state and federal assistance, scholarships, grants, and work programs. Also available is an Internet resource directory, message board, free newsletter, and financial aid calculators like the college cost calculator, the loan payment calculator, and more.


Website Title: FinancialAid.com: Serving Life's Financial Needs
Address: http://www.financialaid.com

Description: This website allows students to explore the financial aid process, learn about loan information, compare schools, and make use of a free scholarship search.


Website Title: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web - U.S. Department of Education
Address: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Description: This U.S. Department of Education website serves as a comprehensive resource guide on federal student aid programs. Find information on application processes, eligibility requirements, state and school programs, deadlines, interactive worksheets, frequently asked questions, and more. Students have the option to even speed up the application process by completing and submitting their Free Application for Federal Student Aid via the site.


Website Title: FreSch! Search4Scholarships.com
Address: http://www.freschinfo.com

Description: Search more than 2,000 organizations and foundations for scholarships with this website. Content highlights include internship opportunities, college admissions tips, financial aid program summaries, and eligibility requirements. Find an assortment of financial aid advice, suggestions, and general information. Addresses and links to sites and services that offer financial assistance are also featured.


Website Title: Hobson's College View
Address: http://www.collegeview.com

Description: This website serves as a comprehensive resource for students, parents, and counselors by offering information on financial aid, colleges, and careers. Featured content includes timely articles, college search tools and applications, test preparation materials, a career center guide, study abroad resources, a scholarship directory, frequently asked questions, and more. Students can even take virtual campus tours and apply online.


Website Title: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators: NASFAA.org
Address: http://www.nasfaa.org

Description: Designed with students, parents, and counselors in mind, this truly comprehensive website provides guidance on how to successfully navigate through all phases of the financial aid process with a range of articles, tools, and quizzes. Get tips, advice, and application assistance, then find school comparison worksheets, calendar checklists, glossaries, answers to frequently asked questions, links, and more. Counselors will benefit from resource guides on how to work effectively with students; a handy tip sheet on how to set up a financial aid night is also offered.


Website Title: National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Address: http://www.nationalmerit.org

Description: The National Merit Scholarship Corporation holds privately financed annual competitions where students can win recognition and undergraduate college scholarships. High school students can enter these academic competitions, usually as juniors, by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and meeting other requirements. This website provides information about the PSAT and the current competitions.


Website Title: Peterson's Colleges and Universities
Address: http://www.collegequest.com

Description: This website contains one of the most comprehensive online databases of college, test preparation, and financial aid information. Students who visit the site can explore colleges, research options to finance their education, shop for student loans, plus they can apply to more than 1,200 institutions directly from the site. Find articles, links, and interactive tools. Additional content is available on distance learning, career education, summer opportunities, study abroad, and more.


Website Title: U.S. Department of Education: Think College
Address: http://www.ed.gov/students/prep/college/thinkcollege/edlite-index.html

Description: The Think College website was created to share information about the educational opportunities available following high school for students of all ages. This website features a broad base of information on college and financial aid. There is also a substantial compilation of answers to frequently asked questions about paying for college as well as website links to resources and information about the college experience.


Website Title: XAP.com: College Admission Applications and Financial Aid
Address: http://www.xap.com

Description: This website effectively leads students through the comparison, selection and application to admission and financial aid phases tied to college preparation. The range of interactive tools and services offered on the site encourage students, along with their families and counselors, to research scholarships, compare and contrast institutions, conduct online campus tours, electronically apply to hundreds of colleges and universities, explore options, then plan for a rewarding career.




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