Additional Financial Aid Resources & References
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At Federal Student Aid, we make it easier to get money for higher education.
Federal Student Aid regularly hosts webinars for students, parents, student loan borrowers, or college access professionals. You can submit questions during the webinar and their team will answer your questions during the event.
Keep an eye on StudentAid.gov/events for webinars and other events intended for students, parents, and borrowers; and watch the Get Training page on the Financial Aid Toolkit for Counselors (FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov/training) to find webinars intended to enhance your professional development.
To take advantage of these webinars, sign up today!
If you are interested in these webinars but are not available at the scheduled time, you’ll be able to view recorded versions of the webinars listed above at StudentAid.gov/resources#webinars and at FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov/resources.
Webinar: Direct PLUS Loan Basics for Parents and Grad Students
(Wednesday, July 31, 3–4 p.m. ET)
Registration for this month’s webinar is closing soon. Save your spot and register today! Current students, parents, borrowers, and college access professionals are welcome. We will discuss
- the process for completing a Direct PLUS Loan application for parents or graduate or professional students;
- how to avoid student loan default;
- options for postponing payment; and
- choosing a repayment plan.
There will also be a live Q&A chat available to submit your questions.
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Missed a webinar? You can view the recording online.
Recordings will be made available within two weeks after the event.
Would you like more information about our Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program? If so, please view our archived webinar: Understanding the Basics About PSLF.
An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.
Only create an FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use. You are not authorized to create an FSA ID on behalf of someone else, including a family member. Misrepresentation of your identity to the federal government could result in criminal or civil penalties.
La credencial FSA ID le permite al usuario acceder a los sistemas de la Oficina de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (FSA, por sus siglas en inglés) y firmar documentos en esos sistemas.
Usted sólo debe crear una credencial FSA ID utilizando sus propios datos personales y para su propio uso exclusivo. No tiene autorización para crear una credencial FSA ID en representación de otra persona, aunque sea ésta un familiar. Cualquier falsificación de su identidad ante el Gobierno federal podría resultar en sanciones penales o civiles en su contra.
- A 529 plan can be used to help pay for qualified education expenses, including expenses at a college, or other accredited post-secondary school, that participates in federal financial aid programs
- 529 plan assets receive favorable treatment when a student applies for federal financial aid
- If a student receives a scholarship, the amount of the award can be withdrawn from a 529 plan without an additional 10% federal tax on earnings
- Need help estimating college costs? Our College Planning Calculator can help.
— Federal Student Aid (@FAFSA) December 27, 2018
The Initiative has created the ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success (Guide) to help Hispanic students and families navigate the college application process. The Guide provides recommended steps for the college enrollment process, helpful tips on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and key financial aid resources available to better support Hispanics, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and non U.S. citizen students, in their efforts to access a postsecondary education.
If you decide to take out a loan, make sure you understand who is making the loan and the terms and conditions of the loan. Student loans can come from the federal government or from private sources such as a bank or financial institution. Loans made by the federal government, called federal student loans, usually offer borrowers lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment options than loans from banks or other private sources. Learn more about the differences between federal and private student loans.
Here’s your guide to repaying your federal student loans.
The Opportunities guide helps high school students choose the right college, understand admission requirements, identify types of financial aid and more.
This free college planning publication provides students and families with important information and tools to guide their pursuit of postsecondary education. Opportunities is available in English and Spanish.
FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web.
Access to FinAid is free for all users.
FinAid has earned a stellar reputation in the educational community as the best website of its kind. It’s comprehensive, it’s informative, it’s objective — and it’s the first stop on the web for students looking for ways to finance their education.
The site has won awards from the College Board, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students and the American Institute for Public Service.
Students in any elementary school statewide (public and private) can also receive homework folders, pencils and bookmarks from their schools. Have your elementary school sign up for Be College Ready today!
Covering the cost of a master’s degree can be a significant financial investment. Fortunately, graduate students have a wide range of options, from federal loan programs to institutional scholarships. This guide examines the numerous ways students can finance a master’s degree, and provides key details and insight on how (and where) to get started.
When you’re a student, it can feel like money is always tight. You’ve got bills, rent, and tuition to pay, and you want to have enough money for fun, too. So how can you get on the right path to a great financial future, while making your money count today?CashCourse is your real-life guide to taking charge of your money. Our online personal finance tools help you build real-life-ready financial skills. Students at more than 800 schools across the country use CashCourse, and here’s why:
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