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Financial Aid Resources for College Students

 

College costs are mounting at an alarming rate so we offer these links and snippets of advice to help you find the money to fund your education. Before you click on a link remember that the absolute best resource for finding financial aid can be found right on your campus in your school's financial aid center. They have the expertise, experience and the commitment to help you in all phases of your search. Be proactive. Ask as many questions as is necessary of your counselor to get yourself on track.

College Board Education Loan Program
Meet all your borrowing needs with the College Board, a not-for-profit educational lender. Choose from a full range of low-interest loans. You'll get the money you need, when you need it. Their loan program is the only national program designed, developed, and managed by educators.

E-LOAN
E-LOAN offers student loans at very low rates and they have teamed up with the Princeton Review to bring you the latest information on how to obtain student loans and other types of financial aid for education.

FAFSA
Don't let your parents forget to fill out the FAFSA form. This is the first step and opens the door for any federal aid. Even if you feel that your family is too affluent, do this anyway.

FastWeb
FastWeb is the Internet's leading scholarship search service, helping students make the decisions that shape their lives: choosing a college, paying for college and finding jobs during and after college. And it's all free.
Recommended by the Fat Campus staff.

Federal Money Retriever
The federal money retriever software is recommended by the Wall Street Journal and is used by an impressive list of schools, major corporations and non profits as well as individuals. If you are seeking a grant, this is a good place to start.

Guide to Student Loans From Fat Campus
The Fat Campus guide to student loans gives a complete picture of all the types loans available and what is necessary to qualify. We couldn't find a guide on the net that wasn't either incomplete or self serving and so we wrote our own!

Loan Consolidation Services
The Next Student service and FinancialAid.com are consolidators who will reduce your existing student loan payments by reducing interest rates and extending the length of the loan.

Scholarship Experts
ScholarshipExperts.com is the only pay for scholarship service we link to. Their database is up to date, the fee is affordable and they adhere to a strict privacy policy.

Simple Tuition
If borrowing for college leaves you feeling lost, be assured that you are not alone. With so many lenders offering so many versions of basic loan types, it can be hard to find the loan that's best for you. Having options is great. But you need a guide to set you on the right path. That's where SimpleTuition comes in. SimpleTuition is designed to help you find your way to your ideal college loan, and to help you take action. We bring you an objective, sortable, online comparison solution that will make your college borrowing choices a whole lot clearer. Behind our simple, straightforward navigation, a complex engine crunches real numbers to give you real results. We stand behind the accuracy of our results, because we know the importance of this decision for students and families. Compare and apply for student loans from more than 20 lenders to make the best college funding choice for you and your family.

The Student Guide
This website explains student financial aid programs the U.S. Department of Educationís Federal Student Aid (FSA) office administers. The first few pages summarize this aid and the process involved. The rest of the publication discusses in detail what you need to know.

The United States Department of Education
All the answers to your financial aid questions are found at the Department of Education website.  Topics include preparing, choosing, applying, funding, attending and repaying.

Beware Scholarship Scams

Each year students and their families loose millions of dollars buying into scholarship scams. Here are the tell tale signs of a scam:

1) A scholarship is guaranteed.

2) The scholarship service does all the work.

3) The scholarship information is not available from anyone else.

4) You are told that you are a finalist for a competition that you can't remember entering.

If you feel that you have been a victim of a scam, the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act enhances protection against fraud in student financial assistance. To file a complaint, or for free information, call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or visit http://www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscam

 
 
 

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