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College and Financial Aid Resources

California Student Aid Commission:California Student Aid Commission - Find information on state, federal, and institutional financial programs.

U.S. Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education has a wealth of information that can help both students and graduates. Please click on the link above to visit their website.

Funding Your Education: An introductory publication for students not yet enrolled in a postsecondary school, provides general information about the U.S. Department of Education's federal student financial aid programs and how to apply for them.

Federal Student Financial Aid: Available federal programs, how to apply, and resource guide for federal students loans. 

Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA): Fill out your FAFSA online.

Tax Information for Students: Find out what is available and how to qualify for federal tax relief.

Information on Scholarship Scams: The warning signs, where you can get help, and other useful information provided by the Federal Trade Commission. 

National Student Loan Data System: Look up and find out the status of your student loan and PELL grant. 

Paying Back Your Federal Student Loan: How to determine if you are eligible for a loan deferment or cancellation. 

OFSA Ombusdman:
 For Information on the Resolution of Federal Student Loan Disputes.

Student Visas: U.S. Department of State - Find out how you can apply for a visa to study in the United States.

California Resources

The Guide to California Colleges and Universities: California Postsecondary Education Commission - Browse the Guide to California Colleges and Universities, find out about residency requirements, explore the various types of financial aid programs and learn about the Golden State ScholarShare savings program. 

CAL Grant: Locate information on the various Cal Grant programs; find out the eligibility requirements, and how to apply for the grants.

Governor's Scholars Program: Find out about two merit-based scholarship programs, read about the eligibility requirements for these scholarships, and learn about a college savings program designed to help Californians to meet the increasing costs of higher education.

Additional Resources

The College Board: Includes information on College Board tests, applying for college online, and paying for college.

FINAID!: This award-winning site has grown into one of the most comprehensive annotated collections of information about student financial aid on the web.

FINAID! Financial Aid Calculators: Calculators to help you project college costs, budget your savings, and estimate your financial need.


FASTWEB - Free on-line search service for grants, loans, and scholarships.