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External Resources

Federal Resources

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, offers numerous resources to help you and your family learn about the importance of a college education and the many opportunities available to finance your higher education experience.

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Topic Resource
Types of Aid/Getting Aid Fill out the 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 Earn, 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
Financial aid for adult students Federal Student Aid for Adult Students
Going to college in another country International Schools

State Resources

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is dedicated to helping Illinois students navigate the process of applying to and entering college. Its website contains important information regarding state grant/scholarship administration, prepaid tuition programs and in-person mentoring.

Other Online Resources

There are several search databases to 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.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrato​rs (NASFAA) provides student and parents with information and advice about finding and applying for financial aid. The association's Glossary of Terms for Award Notifications offers definitions for terms typically found on award notifications given to current and prospective students. The NASFAA Legislative Tracker offers a comprehensive look at legislation introduced in Congress.