The U.S. Department of Education has created multiple websites to help students and their families learn about the importance of a college education and the many opportunities to help finance a college education. Listed below are some of the most important sites.
- Federal Student Aid provides detailed information about federal student aid programs, including application information and eligibility information
- StudentLoans.gov provides detailed information about the Federal Direct Loan Program including borrower rights and responsibilities, repayment and loan consolidation information.
- The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for students is the U.S. Department of Education’s central database for student aid. This website provides detailed information on most of your federal aid usage, including Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loan, FFELP Loan, and Perkins Loan history.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) The U.S. Department of Education has created a website dedicated to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. In this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers
- HOMEROOM: The official blog of the U.S. Department of Education
In the chart below you will find some additional websites available to you from the Department of Education.
- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has a website dedicated to helping Illinois students and their families navigate the process of applying to and entering college. In addition, the site contains very important information regarding financial aid programs and assistance available through ISAC.
Other Online Resources:
- There are several search databases on the Web which can assist you in locating scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans available through the private sector. Remember, you should never have to pay for such search results. Start by exploring:
- The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA) provides student and parents with concrete information and advice about finding and applying for financial aid.
- The NASFAA Glossary of Terms for Award Notifications: a comprehensive reference source for universally accepted definitions of language typically contained on award notifications given to current and prospective students by colleges and universities.
- THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet is maintained by the Library of Congress and enables users to view the full text of all signed and pending legislation pertaining to any subject, including student financial aid.