Federal Resources

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.
Topic
Resource
Types of Aid/Getting Aid Fill out the FAFSA FAFSA
Basic FAFSA info: what it is; how you fill it out Applying for Aid
Dependency status for FAFSA purposes Dependency
Determining which parent’s info to report Reporting Parent Info
How aid is calculated How aid is calculated
Types of financial aid Types of Aid
Who is eligible for federal student aid Who Gets Aid
Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) Pell Eligibility
Finding and applying for scholarships Finding Scholarships
Loan interest rates and fees Interest Rates and Fees
Aid for military families Aid for Military Families
Avoiding financial aid scams Avoiding Scams
Student Account Access My Federal Student Aid My Federal Student Aid Login
Loan Information The National Student Loan Database NSLDS
Direct Student Loans Direct Loans
Repaying Loans Loan Repayment Repay Your Loans
Repayment Estimator (compares repayment plans) Repayment Estimator
Income-driven repayment plans (e.g. Pay As You Ear, Income-Based) Income-Driven Plans
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Loan forgiveness in general Forgiveness, Cancellation, and Discharge
Loan forgiveness for teachers Teacher Loan Forgiveness
Total and Permanent Disability Discharge Total and Permanent Disability Discharge
College Prep College preparation checklist: academic and financial prep for K-12 and adult students Checklist for Academic and Financial Preparation
Why go to college (education and pay/unemployment rates) Prepare for College
Special Audiences Info for parents (tax benefits, support your child, college costs) Resources for Parents
Graduate school funding Graduate and Professional funding.pdf
Financial aid for adult students Federal Student Aid for Adult Students.pdf
Going to college in another country International Schools

State Resources

  • 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.

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