Internet Reference Library

Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Grants

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
http://www.cfda.gov/
"A government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government." (LII)

College Savings Plan Network
http://www.collegesavings.org/
CSPN, formed as an affiliate to the National Association of State Treasurers, "monitors federal activities and promotes legislation that will positively affect Section 529 [college savings plan] programs." The site provides an overview of CSPN activities and FAQs about saving for college, 529 savings and prepaid accounts, and tax advantages and implications. Also includes tips for parents and grandparents, statistics, information for each state, and links to related information. (LII)

FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page.
http://www.finaid.org
Advice on and links to sources of information about student financial aid. Covers topics such as loans, scholarships, military aid, federal and state aid, fellowships, grants, prepaid tuition plans, study abroad, financial aid consultants, and scholarship search services. Offers financial aid resources for specific student populations (for example, international, disabled, female, minority, gay and lesbian) and programs of study (such as law school and medical school). (LII)

Financial Aid Search Through the Web
http://www.fastweb.com/
The heart of this site is the scholarship search engine that lets Internet users search, without cost, a database of hundreds of thousands of U.S. scholarships, fellowships, internships, grants, and loans. Free registration allows you to set up a profile and mailbox that will automatically send you the latest scholarship information to fit your profile. (LII)

Foundation Center
http://fdncenter.org/
Provides grantmaker information, funding trends and analysis, training and seminars, the Philanthropy News Digest (archived and searchable), Foundation Center publications, and a list of cooperating libraries. The Foundation Finder , updated monthly, is a database with information on more than 65,000 foundations. There are annotated searchable links to more than 200 private, community, and corporate foundations, plus federal grants and public charities. Also ranks foundations by assets and total giving. An online librarian is available to answer your e-mail questions. (LII)

International Education Financial Aid

http://www.iefa.org/
Provides financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. Includes a comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

Mapping Your Future

http://mappingyourfuture.org/
A site "for students and parents with information on financial strategies, career options, and college planning." Also available in Spanish. Searchable. (LII)

Peterson's.com: Financing Education

http://iiswinprd03.petersons.com/finaid
Provides information and tips regarding how to pay for school including how to find financial aid and scholarships;also includes a calculator,financial aid timelines, and other useful tools and information.

Scholarship Search
http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp
An online tool from College Board for locating scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match by education level, talents, and background.

Student Financial Assistance (U.S. Education Department)
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/index.jsp
This site from the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) program describes funding and loan repayment considerations relating to attending schools from elementary through graduate. Also find information about preparing for college, selecting a school, and applying to a program. Provides information for students, parents, and counselors. Available in English and Spanish. Searchable. (LII)