Financial Aid and Scholarships for College

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Resources for Students Filing for Financial Aid & Managing Student Loans From U.S. Department of Education  

Federal Student Aid

From the U.S. Department of Education, the above resources answers questions to a variety of questions including:

  • How do I prepare for college?
  • What types of aid can I get?
  • Do I qualify for aid?
  • How do I apply for aid?
  • How do I manage my loans?


The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Filing a FAFSA can help you get help paying for college from the U.S. Department of Education.

NOTICE: There is no charge to file a FAFSA at; be aware that there are other websites that have similar URLs which are not connected to the U.S. Department of Education, but do charge fees to file the FAFSA for you; please check the URL carefully.

From the U.S. Department of Education, you can find resources and information regarding financial aid and repayment. You can also manage your Direct Loan including:

  • Complete Entrance, Financial Awareness and Exit Counseling
  • Sign Master Promissory Note
  • Complete PLUS Request Process
  • Endorse Direct PLUS Loan
  • IBR/Pay As You Earn/ICR Repayment Plan Request
  • Direct Consolidation Loan Applications

Resources for Nonstudents from U.S. Department of Education

Financial Aid Toolkit

From the U.S. Department of Education, The Financial Aid Toolkit provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others.

College Financial Aid Resource

Tuition Funding Sources

Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.

California Student Aid Commission

The California Student Aid Commission is a California State Government website with the goal of making higher education more accessible and affordable.  It contains scholarship, financial aid and college information focused on residents of California.