• Financial Aid on the Web



    Julie Fontaine , South Central Regional Coordinator for PHEAA and FAFSA can be contacted at jsalem@pheaa.org with specific questions.


     FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID: https://studentaid.gov/

    This site is for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web. It's fast, free, secure and an easy way for students to apply. Students who apply online will get their application results 7 to 14 days faster than if they mail a paper FAFSA. Students can print a paper copy of the FAFSA to use as a worksheet.


    Students of all ages and educational pursuits are moving on to higher education with the assistance of a wide variety of state and federal grant and loan programs administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Agency.


     THE COLLEGE BOARD ON‑LINE: http://www.collegeboard.org

    This award winning site offers in‑depth information about all aspects of college costs and financial aid. It lets you search a data base of over 3,000 scholarship programs, use interactive worksheets for estimating your expected family contribution towards college costs; complete a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application; find out about College Credit loans; and more.


     COLLEGE FUNDING COMPANY: http://www.collegefundingco.com

    A simpler, user-friendly approach that explains options for financing a college education, this site does a good job of introducing the topic without inducing shell shock. Probably a good place to start before tackling the more detailed sites.


     THE EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE: http://www.ets.org

    The ETS site has information on financial aid, colleges, careers & jobs, the SAT, the GRE, the LSAT, and much more.


     fastWEB: http://www.fastweb.com

    A data base of scholarships, grants, fellowships, and loans in private sector funding for college students living in the United States, plus extensive information about federal government financial aid.


     THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: http://www.ed.gov/fund/grants-college.html The largest provider of financial aid, the federal government has a great deal of information on student financial aid on its Web site.  
      THE FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION PAGE: http://www.finaid.org

    This is another award winning site that provides excellent links to Internet sources of information about student financial aid.



    Basic and in depth financial aid advice for parents and students from the leading association of college financial aid officers


     NERD WORLD MEDIA: http://www.nerdworld.com/nw1178.html

    An index of sites on the Web that offer financial assistance, grants, loans, and more.  Site is a great resource, but as of April 10, 2014, it is being updated and will be available again soon.


     PETERSON'S EDUCATION CENTER: www.­petersons.­com  Here you'll find links to organizations (mostly banks) that provide information on how to pay for your education and advice on juggling family finances while any family member is attending college.


     SALLIE MAE: http://www.salliemae.com

    Sallie Mae is the nation's largest secondary loan provider. This site provides several financial aid calculators and a lot of advice for parents and students.


    SCHOOL SOUP: http://scholarshipopportunity.org/schoolsoup/

    Database of scholarships.  School soup has partnered with The Princeton Review, and can offer discounts on all test prep courses. 



    The National Association for College Admission Counseling is an education association of secondary school counselors, college and university admission officers and counselors and related individuals who work with students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. Members of NACAC join together because they recognize that, for students and their families, real choice demands information and communication. The school counselor and the college admission counselor are most often the primary sources of information about the transition process and, as a result, are uniquely aware of the concerns held by the people they serve.


     COLLEGE SAVINGS PLANS NETWORK: http://www.collegesavings.org

    The greatest financial worry of most American families used to be "Will I have enough to live on after retirement?" Some public opinion polls, however, now indicate that this has changed. The new greatest area of financial concern is "How will I be able to afford a college education for my children?" All states have created innovative college savings programs designed to meet the savings needs of their citizens.  These programs seek to make the savings option easier for the average family. They represent positive, productive and affordable options that can ensure the education of our most precious resources: the children of America.  State sponsored savings plans promote: Planning for education expenses; Saving for education expenses instead of relying on debt; Reliance on family resources instead of total reliance on government aid programs; and State-level planning designed to meet the differing needs in each state instead of a "one size fits all" national approach.


    STUDENTS.GOV: http://studentaid.ed.gov/ means no lines, no paper, no waiting, just information and government services for students online 24 hours a day/7 days a week. students.gov is designed to make interacting with the government easier for students pursuing education beyond high school. It originated as part of a larger federal program to make the government more efficient by using new information technology. The site includes information on careers, planning an education, and paying for college.


    SCHOLARSHIPS.COM:  http://www.scholarships.com/AboutUs.aspx 

    Scholarships.com, the Internet's leading scholarship search service and financial aid information resource, helps students make the decisions that shape their lives: researching and finding college financial aid, choosing a college and paying for college. And it's all free.